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Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 10, 2021
I loved this book. Ways to Make Sunshine by Renee Watson is an honest and authentic story of an African American child just being a kid who finds positive ways to maneuver through life's ups and downs. Race is eloquently woven into 11 year old Ryan's everyday world. It affirms African American culture. It generates confidence and support. Ryan explores common issues like the connection between swimming and "Oh no! What happened to my hair!" as well as the magic of the African American beautician in her grandmother's shoes. Ryan's creative approach to life says, "This is my world and I am more than okay." Her experiences challenge her to step forward even when her father has to take a lower paying job and the family must move to a less expensive home.
Ryan finds herself surrounded by friendship and family love which she creatively reciprocates.
Watson's Ways to Make Sunshine reminds me of the Gaither Sisters Trilogy,(One Crazy Summer,P.S. Be Eleven and Gone Crazy in Alabama). This series concerns an African American family with a different family dynamic lightly interspersed with the events of the 1960's and how these events affect the family. Watson's Ways to Make Sunshine celebrates modern times, without the current events. Both authors incorporate similar family values
with sprinkles of wisdom as each family strives to make a good life for themselves.
If you enjoyed this series, you will love Watson's Ways to Make Sunshine, a well written story and a memorable,delightful experience.