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Sunflower Sisters

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I absolutely loved this book! In many ways it is a really sad story to read with the colourist comments and actions from elder family members, but I love how positivity overpowers the negative and teaches children to be proud of themselves, whatever their race or skin colour. I also enjoyed the themes of friendship and kindness running throughout the story which bring a happier side to the text. The whole book is beautifully illustrated in bright, happy colours and the pictures are really visually appealing. Definitely one to get children thinking and talking about some difficult ideas but in a lovely, child- friendly way.
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This book was wonderful! The important lesson on colourism was addressed in a way that young readers will be able to understand and learn from. The illustrations were really nice and the bright yellows stood out beautifully. Loved the sweet ending!!
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Sunflower sisters absolutely deserves a 5/5 star rating! The story was not only beautifully written, it is so important! The illustrations were also stunning. I’m looking forward to purchasing this for my classroom!
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A beautiful story about being yourself and feeling beautiful in your own skin. The story addresses colorism in a way that children can understand and reflect upon. I can see this story leading to a lot of important conversations in classrooms and homes. The illustrations are absolutely stunning- full of bright colors, traditional clothing and of course, sunflowers.
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What a joy this colorful story about colorism.  Anyone of color can relate to the colorism that is present in a culture where color is determining your place and privileges in the world.

This book gives hope for the future, changing the awareness of seeing with the eyes to seeing with the heart towards a future where every color can shine bright like life intended to as a unifying whole.
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Wow! I wasn’t expecting the tough message, but this book handled colorism in such a beautiful way. I loved the story, the illustrations, and the important message that darker skin is not inherently less beautiful than lighter skin.
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This was such a cute book! I think it explains colorism in a very good way for children, and it will definitely help kids understand that any color is beautiful. It doesn’t matter what anyone says to you otherwise!
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This was beautiful from start to finish.
I adored the artwork - it was so detailed and so bright! The colours throughout were fantastic.
The story is incredible as well. It is gentle, as it's for little kids, but also gives you reasons to think about what colourism is. I loved that there was explanations in the back of what colourism is and why it's bad and what can be done about it.
This was just lovely from start to finish, and all little kids need to read it.
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A beautiful and insightful book that explores the theme of colourism. This story follows a young girl in the lead up to her older sister's wedding. However, some of her family members, particularly her Auntie, begin to make remarks regarding her skin colour, specifically how dark it is. 

I liked the way the Mother tackled their remarks, and the way she did not bow down to the family's comments and instead reiterated to her children that they and their natural skin tone are beautiful. I also liked the fact that the girl was confident in her own skin and brushed off every negative remark she received.

This book should be within every primary school classroom as the topics you can get from it are limitless.

Rated: 4.5 stars
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An insightful book about how colorism affect poc. I especially liked the beautiful drawings, and at the end you can learn more about colorism, why it is bad, and what we can do to change it. A book I would definitely recommend reading to gain more knowledge and how simple they got the message forward as this is going to be read by children.
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This book reminded me a lot of the book Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor. A young girl is confused by the internalized prejudices of her family members as they prepare for a big family wedding. Luckily in this story the girl's mother is aware of what is going on and counteracts the colorism every step of the way. This book is a needed example of how people of color can judge each other based on skin tone. The protagonist's family appears to be of Indian ancestry and her best friend is of African ancestry. The girls' friendship bookends the story and is an example of different people of color supporting each other. A worthwhile read.
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Sunflower Sisters is a story of two friends whose friendship is affected by colorism, but yet they remain steadfast lifelong friends. Beautifully illustrated, the story shows how sometimes adults get it wrong but the younger generations can facilitate change.
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A gorgeous picture book that challenges colourism head-on! If you’ve watched the fairness cream ads or seen someone try it out, if you’ve heard people say that drinking tea makes you darker, if you’ve been admonished for staying out in the sun for it will mar your complexion, if you’ve been told that outfits of certain colours don’t go well with your skin-tone, get this book immediately. 

Loved the no-holds-barred straight-to-the-point voice of Monika Singh Gangotra’s storytelling about loving who you are no matter the colour of your skin and the beautiful illustrations by Michaela Dias-Hayes that reminded me of Indian weddings replete with caustic aunties! An absolute must-have!
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I find the representation quite insightful and realistic.

For the one growing up in such an environment of being constantly judged for our skin colour, more specifically for girls and women, I can see how painfully realistic this storybook is.

Thank you, author and the artist, for such a story filled with amazing, unique illustrations that is different from all the storybooks and illustrations available now.

This is thrilling.

Educational, liberating and soulful this is the storybook that every school and home need.

Thank you so much, the publisher, the author and the artist, for the advance reading copy.
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Beautiful illustrations with a deep message on loving who you are no matter the color of your skin. Colorism and the definition included with why this is discrimination. 
The story did not flow as well as I would have liked but the message was beautiful & important for all kids to hear.
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Wow, this children’s book was SO lovely. It talks about family, colorism, and clothes, and about wearing what you want. A really beautiful story that was well illustrated too!!
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