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About the Author

Ms. Yawson earned a BA cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, an MBA from the Wharton School and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her unique understanding of social issues, business and the law has enabled her to become a relevant voice on issues as varied as race relations, women's issues, dating, parenting, self-love, hair-bullying and entrepreneurship. Her articles have been published in MSNBC's The Grio, The Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Madame Noire and other publications. Ms. Yawson has also appeared on the Today Show, Al Jazeera's The Stream, The Nate Berkus Show and Fox Business. In 2013 a painful experience in which a barber called her that her son a real "nig***" and said that his hair was not pretty and should be shaved off inspired Ms. Yawson to venture into writing children's books. Her first picture book, Sunne's Gift is about a magical being (magbee) with spirally hair that grows toward the sun named Sunne. Sunne's three straight-haired siblings, who also have magical powers, poke fun of Sunne's hair. Sunne starts beating the spirals of hair to fit in, but as a result... With this story, Ms. Yawson hopes to affirm afro-textured hair while promoting a culture of love and acceptance in which readers learn that there is beauty and power in difference and that celebrating diversity is not just "nice to do," it is essential for our survival. Ms. Yawson currently works as a securities lawyer and she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons. She is also the co-founder of Joojos, an artisanal children's shoe company. Ms. Yawson can be reached by emailing milestalespublishing@gmail.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Milestales; 1st edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991480805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991480807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book conveys a powerful message regarding the acceptance of those with a different appearance in a manner that is highly accessible to children. The approach is from a quasi-religious angle where a creator god Nyame creates four child-like spirits (called magbees) to govern the traditional elements of the earth: sun, earth, wind, and water. each named accordingly: Sunne, Earthe, Winde, and Watre. All is content in this world until Sunne rejects the unique appearance of her hair, sending the world into chaos until her, and her fellow magbees, learn to embrace their unique attributes and recognize these differences as being inherent to maintaining the balance of the world.

The illustrations are vivid, and the story is very captivating for young children. This story can hold the attention of small children and they can spend hours staring at the picture. This is a perfect book to be read to a child. I found it particularly effective with children ages 2 to 5.

For that reason, I think the classification as a book for 7 years old and up is in error. My 7 year-old nephew, who attends public schools, is already beyond this reading level, although he did seem to enjoy going through the questions at the end (categorized as reading comprehension, science, art, and spiritual and cultural studies).

There are two noteworthy subtleties that I observe in the book. First the creator god Nyame is never identified as male or female, nor are any of the four magbees (although two are illustrated as being distinctly male while the other two are illustrated as being distinctly female).
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Ama Karikari Yawson's book, Sunne's Gift: How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim God's Gift, should most certainly be included when constructing a contemporary canon of children's literature--transcending the simplified label of "multicultural" or "ethnic" children's lit.
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I have this book to my niece. She is Chinese and west African and had experienced teasng at school due to her unique look and hair. This book restored her confidence and is now her favorite book. Beautifully written and very important message. A++
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I read "Sunne's Gift: How Sunne Overcame Bullying to Reclaim God's Gift" to a group of very attentive 5-8 year olds this past summer. Surprisingly, they were very reflective and followed the characters throughout the entire story. It was great hearing the children's feedback and responses from the discussion questions at end of the book. Some could relate to Sunne's challenges to be accepted. This book should be on a shelf in every public library, school library and home. Sunne's Gift is about diversity, about bullying, about celebrating each others differences, and about love. Great Job Ama!

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I read this book and feel that the message is one that is timeless. I remember growing up hearing “good hair” was defined as straight and manageable. Leading others to believe that anything that isn’t, is undesirable. It doesn’t just relate to children but anyone who has or continues to struggle with their identity. The book artistically illustrates how differences are beautiful and unique to everyone.
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I don't know how many of you got the opportunity to hear this author, Ama Kari Kari Yawson actually read "Sunne's Gift" so eloquently to the children at the library's Afternoon Storyhour, but I encourage you not only to listen (it is very short) but to also purchase what is sure to be an award winning book. [...]

The profound underlying message of "Sunne's Gift" can be understood by even the youngest listeners and readers about self worth, self love and the consequences of bullying. Yes I see many awards for this one. This book is perfect for your children, grandchildren or someone else's children. Dr. Yawson has perfectly packaged a moral lesson for young ears and malleable minds who will think of Sunne perhaps when faced with a similar real life circumstance.

Treat yourselves to the inspiration behind "Sunne's Gift". Just don't pay any attention to the part about her being a more critical writer than creative. I am convinced that Dr. Yawson could also write award winning novels and movie scripts and I look forward to more from her creative spirit.
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What a timely and essential book! Sunne's acceptance of herself is a message that all children, but especially those of the African diaspora, should read!! On her journey to self acceptance, Sunne not only realized her potential and her unique contribution to her society, but in so doing she also became strong... strong enough to confront and educate her bullies! Two birds with one stone!!!!

I highly recommend this for any child that has or may encounter bullying and for any child that doesn't often see their image projected in a positive light ...... in sum, ANY child would not only benefit from this story, but also find it highly entertaining and beautiful to boot.

Job well done and major kudos to Ms. Yawson for taking swift action to counteract the negativity she personally encountered!!
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