Lupe’s skin and hair are different to that of her
classmates. They ask her why.
She can’t answer their curious questions. She
wants to fit in, make friends, but finds it difficult, so she turns to her
mother for answers.
In response to her What am I, Lupe’s mum
points out all the wonderful characteristics that are hers.
As the list grows,
Lupe realises that being who she is, is a great gift, something to be proud of
because there is only one like her in the whole world.
uniqueness of being one of a kind is hard for children to recognise.
the nuts and bolts explained clearly to them.
That is what Lupe’s mother does.
This is a delightful celebration of difference.
Messages of diversity, acceptance and knowing your
good points, all essential to the identity each person claims, come through with
simplicity and warmth.
Beautiful full-page images appear on a double
spread with one side accommodating the text. The illustrations are in vibrant
colours reflecting the children’s emotions. Even without the words, it is easy
to identify what the characters are thinking and saying.
This book offers a superb opportunity to open
discussion between adults and children, teachers and students, on difference
and diversity, as that is the pride of this wonderful country.
Title: I am Lupe
Author: Sela Ahosivi-Atiola
Illustrator: Yani Agustina
Publisher: Lothian, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 26 July 2023
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book