Who doesn’t love a good gift? When someone gifts you with something it always ends up becoming a little more precious to you because each time you see it, you can’t help but remember that someone actually thought of you. That applies to any gift we receive at The Black Belle Review 😍 We love to review all Black owned products but when something is gifted to us, it holds a special place in our hearts.
So with all of that in mind, you can understand how we felt when we were gifted with a copy of a new book by Peléna Cosme about 2 special little girls, who are filled with all the magic that melanin possesses, that love exploring their home town 😊
Exploring London with Ama and Neri was such a perfect read for my little ones. The rhyming method used throughout the book really helped my 3 year old grasp the story and the illustrations used, captured my 1 year old, in a way that some books fail to do so. They were both fascinated with the 2 sisters who took a trip to the zoo with their Mum. But the book went a little deeper for my 3 year old because he remarked on what a great big sister Ama was and made a point of promising to be as nice to his little brother 😂 We can only pray that this book causes that promise to be kept 🙏🏾🤣 But the fact that a children’s book illicits that kind of promise from a 3 year old, tells you everything you need to know about the quality of the story 👍🏾
I have to also be totally honest (as always) and say that as an adult, I absolutely loved that at the end of a fun filled day with their Mum, Ama and Neri went home and ended the day with their Dad reading them a bedtime story. Why is that important you ask? Well its important to me because for way too long, I’ve thought about the lack of strong family unit representation in children’s books. It’s almost like you find a book with Black characters but the story rarely features both parents and therefore presents that the nuclear family isn’t possible if you’re Black 🤔 Now I know for a fact that isn’t the case for my children, or for a large majority of children I know. And even if it was the case, there is nothing wrong with giving Black children something to aspire to and teaching them that having a complete family can be the norm 🤷🏾♀️ So for me, reading Exploring London with Ama and Neri and seeing that additional feature at the end of the book, just really made the book perfect. Don’t get me wrong though, the book itself, with its great story-line, sibling bond, great illustration and fun day out, would have all made me a fan anyway 😍 The Dad being featured was more the icing on the cake shall we say? 👌🏾
Go ahead and check out Exploring London with Ama and Neri. The Black Belle household loved it and are sure you will too. We also cannot wait to check out what Ama and Neri get up to next 🖤
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