Title: Sleep Well Siba & Saba
Author: Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl
Illustrator: Sandra van Doorn
Sisters Siba and Saba are ALWAYS losing things. In fact, the only thing they haven’t lost is each other! They’ve lost so many things that they dream about the things they’ve lost. Until one night, they dream about something else, something much more powerful than things lost in the past.
Sandra’s illustrations are simply lovely and the sisterly bond of Siba and Saba seems to dance between the words and the pictures in this book. This spread of the two girls is my favourite.
There is also great bits of humour hidden in the pictures (the girl’s dog holding a “lost” sign made me chuckle).
Also woven within the book are snippets of Siba and Saba’s Ugandan heritage. From the sandy beaches at Ssese Islands to their papa’s Luganda bedtime lullaby. I love the inclusion of both languages in red.
This book has a wonderful mix of fun, humour, family, heritage and heart. Sleep Well, Siba & Saba has a lovely message uncovered in a truly authentic and heart-warming book that showcases Ugandan heritage. At the end of this book the two girls learn to dream big and look to the future, not the past.
Publisher: Lantana Publishing
Publication date: 28 June 2019 (special edition)
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary review contains my honest opinion.