Set in Kenya, Mama Panya’s Pancakes is the story of Adika and his mom and their trip to the market for dinner provisions. Adika is a friendly young boy and like my son invites all of his friends home for dinner. Everyone says yes and Mama Panya is concerned about having enough food to serve. She introduces a concept that we’ve often used in my family called “family hold back” (fhb), serve your guests first and eat what is left. The result is a wonderful tale about community and sharing what you have with others. The book also includes information about life in an African village, greetings in Kiswahili, animals and plants found in Africa, a map of the region and the recipe for Mama Panya’s pancakes. This is a great addition to a lesson plan about sharing, life in Africa or cooking.
This award-winning book tells a solemn but uplifting tale about our connection to animals in captivity. The Masai Man helps the animal realize life in the wild. The illustrations are mesmerizing with close-ups of the man’s intense face and visions of animal life.
One of Barefoot’s most popular books. We all Went of Safari, follows a group of Masai children through the grasslands of Tanzania. It’s a counting book with different animals discovered on every page and numbers in English and Swahili. Proceeds of the book go to African Wildlife Foundation, to aid their wildlife conservation and community building efforts in Tanzania. This title is also available is Spanish. Author Laurie Krebs helps children discover many different cultures through her writing. She is also the author of Off We go To Mexico, We’re Sailing to Galapagos and the new title, We’re Sailing Down the Nile.
Written by Polly Alakija, a resident of Nigeria, Catch That Goat!, follows Ayoka through the busy market to find her goat. The goat enjoys the market and takes items along the way including boli, roasted plantain, (yum). The illustrations are quite striking in this book. As with other Barefoot Books, at the end of the book, there is a description of Yoruban life and Market day and greetings in Yoruba.
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