First Line Friday (week 196): Sulwe

Posted June 5, 2020 by meezcarrie in children, First Line Fridays / 12 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of Sulwe written by Lupita Nyong’o & illustrated by Vashti Harrison!

Y’all this book is GORGEOUS – the words & the illustrations!

and the first line of Sulwe is…

Sulwe was born the color of midnight.


A New York Times bestseller!

From Academy Award–winning actress Lupita Nyong’o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.

In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

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*Amazon appears to be out of stock of the print version but I was able to order it through Barnes & Noble.

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12 responses to “First Line Friday (week 196): Sulwe

  1. Becky Smith

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “The Heart of a Hero” by Susan May Warren:

    “In the daylight, Jake Silver wasn’t the devil.”

  2. Gloria A

    Six pounds of pot, a .38 Special, and a by-the-book cop.
    Closer Than She Thinks by Kelly Irvin

  3. Vickie Henry

    Standing in the midst of the ebb and flow of her daily chaos always gave Josie Slater the same feeling as standing in the surf….
    Driftwood Dreams by T.I. Lowe
    August new heartthrob!

  4. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton:
    I’m currently on chapter 16 so I will share the first line from there.
    “The Joanna’s loss was a blow to Severn’s economy, that of her crew a sorrow, but Captain Kelly’s death struck deepest.”
    I hope you have a great weekend filled with relaxing reading time! 🙂❤️📚

  5. Perrianne Askew

    My first 2 lines is from Abigail Wilson’s Masquerade at Middlecrest Abbey: “I blinked a few times and took a deep breath. Apparently I’d survived.” Two lines has more impact.

  6. Haley Resseguie

    My first line is from Karen Witemeyer’s newest book, At Love’s Command: “According to the Good Book, there was a time for war and a time for peace.” I just started it and can’t wait to get into it!

  7. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line is from STORIES THAT BIND US by Susie Finkbeiner

    My Norman had never understood why I liked to hang laundry on the line when I had a perfectly good dryer inside.

  8. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I shared the first line from The Comparison Girl by Shannon Popkin but I’m currently reading The Way of Love by Tracie Peterson so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (5) here: “Mrs. Weaver joined the boardinghouse residents for breakfast the next morning.” Hope you have a great weekend!

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