I Am You: A Book About Ubuntu

Amazon Crossing. Feb. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781542035668.
PreS-Gr 1–Moahloli’s work makes for a stunning picture book for young readers and their grown-ups that focuses on our shared sense of community. The book is inspired by the Xhosa and Zulu word “ubuntu,” meaning “I am, because you are,” according to the publisher’s note, and is “a concept of shared humanity, compassion, and oneness.” Though the story is a bit didactic, a strong message of kindness and togetherness shines through the sparse text, which is ideal for reading aloud with younger readers and early independent readers. Illustrations feature a plethora of detailed digital drawings of plants, animals, and children of various skin tones and abilities awash in pink. We also see children in a variety of settings and seasons.
VERDICT I Am You acknowledges differences children experience in who they are and the environments in which they are raised, but celebrates our shared humanity and the strength in treating other with love and respect. A recommended first purchase.

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