Black Gold

Black Gold
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October 11, 2022
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This lyrical picture book is a joyous, poetic, celebration of Black children and a reminder of the Universe’s unconditional love in stunning verse and captivating collage. Perfect for fans of Sulwe!
When the Universe decides to create a child, she draws from the earth—rich, dark, and full of everything that gives life, including eyes like black star sapphires and full lips to speak the truth. With help from the Sun and the Moon, they create a child of the Universe: beautiful, powerful, and boundless with the brilliance of Black Gold. 

Laura Obuobi’s empowering, whimsical text and London Ladd’s lustrous, captivating illustrations will inspire children to love themselves exactly as they are.

"Obuobi pens an origin story that’s at once earthly and impressively cosmic, an ethereal children’s debut that centers a Black child’s beginnings."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) 
"Lyrical, empowering, and inspiring. An affirmation of the miracle each individual is.” —Yamile Saied Méndez, author of Where Are You From? and What Will You Be?

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When the Universe decides to make a child, she does it so that each person is unique yet beautiful with the help of the Sun and the Moon. She creates them with the stars in mind and shapes them until they're "black gold". Each special in their own way and full of life to thrive another day.

BLACK GOLD is an inspirational children's book with its lyrical writing that addresses the creation of life. "The Universe" is seen as the creator and the author weaves a beautiful tale about how everyone is tied into one another. The illustrations are stunning and vivid to the point where you want to stare at the galaxies until you trace every star. Each line builds up the Black race and will add self-esteem to children everywhere.

Final Verdict: For those who aren't religious, I would recommend this book to those children who need a pick me up. With a female depiction of the universe, it also builds women up too. I like how magical the story is and how it reads like a song, smooth and soft. BLACK GOLD is an empowering story that will make children smile and look at the world in a more positive light.
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