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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite
Sue’s Sky is a children’s book by Lulu Black that teaches children how there are different ways to look at the same thing. When Sue looks up at the sky one day, she sees a beautiful blue sky. However, when she tries to share this experience with her classmates, she learns that her classmates don’t see the sky as the same color as she does. They all seem to see the sky as a different color, based on where they come from. Even Sue’s teacher doesn’t see the blue sky the same way. Colorful illustrations by Chrys Zyx accompany the dialogue that Sue has with her classmates and represent a simple, yet beautiful depiction of the different colors that Sue and her classmates view in the sky.
Sue’s Sky teaches children about how a person’s perspective may be different, but being different doesn’t make it wrong. Lulu Black has woven together clear messages of acceptance and anti-bullying into the few short pages of this book. The writing is simple and repetitive, which is essential when reiterating important messages to young children. Children can easily learn from these restated messages and predict what will happen next. The formatting of the book is also worth praise as the use of color and bold print within the text reinforce key concepts and the most important parts of the message. I can certainly see this book being put to good use within classrooms to promote lesson plans for social-emotional learning and encourage discourse among students about perspectives, personal experiences, and cultural diversity.