There’s a powerful and teachable theme here. Ama’s choice of prose is quite rich for vocabulary building (i.e. “covet”, “imbued”, etc). Choosing biblical motifs was also a brilliant move and her guidance questions, which invite children to self-reflect add a magnificent touch as well. This is an ingenious way to convey diversity to children as a kind of eco-tapestry (I could not help the neologism). Thus, this work doubly serves as a tool for teaching children to cherish our fragile environment and its diversity.
In Sunne’s Gift, Ama tells a creation story that is spiritually and psychologically sound, while getting to the heart of social justice as well: i.e., every one of us is gifted, uniquely, by a loving creator who loves us all equally no matter our look (or station in life). As such, it is incumbent on each of us to treat others with the utmost love. Sunne’s Gift is as wonderful
and inspiring for children as for the adults who will share it with them – superb!