Hello, friends! Our book today is I Am You: A Book About Ubuntu, written by Refiloe Moahloli and illustrated by Zinelda McDonald, a lovely picture book about compassion and unity.
There is an ancient philosophy in many African cultures called “Ubuntu” – the idea that someone is only a person in relation to others, that these human connections to others are what give us life and purpose. To show kindness to others is to show kindness to ourselves; to harm others is to hurt ourselves. Based on this philosophy, this lyrical picture book explores the idea of human connection, community, and empathy.
Stunning. Ubuntu itself is a rich concept, yet one that can be understood universally, especially through the eyes of young audiences, and this combination of text and artwork imparts its core lessons beautifully. Moahloli’s writing is simple and heartwarming to read aloud, and pairs exquisitely with McDonald’s vividly colorful illustrations, featuring a racially-, religiously-, socioeconomically-, and ability-diverse cast of child characters. The length is great for a storytime, and JJ loved the even, comforting tone and easy-to-read text. This is a fantastic way to not only learn a little about a specific cultural tradition, but to also reinforce its universal themes, and we loved it. Overall, a must-read, and Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by a representative of the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)