Black Gold

HarperCollins. Oct. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063015760.
PreS-Gr 3–Lyrical text tells of the Universe as she creates a Black child out of the earth, lovingly shaping each feature, swaddling the child in gold, crowning the child with roses, breathing her divine power into the new life. The Sun and the Moon share their light and wisdom and the Universe her love. The fully formed child is advised to take pride in sharing these exalted origins with the world. The mixed media art uses rich, saturated colors and striking imagery to embody the depth of an infinite cosmos, bringing the text to life. Black children will find a positive and powerful affirmation of their intrinsic and irrefutable worth.
VERDICT Stunning illustrations elevate this empowering creation myth.

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