Africa Brothers And Sisters

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"Why don't I have any brothers and sisters?" asks Jesse.

"You do," Daddy answers as he always does, and the two begin playing a favorite game. In fact, his father tells him, Jesse has countless brothers and sisters living in Africa. Some are teachers or engineers or businessmen. Others, like the Ibo, are known all over Africa. Can Jesse remember why? And what does Jesse have in common with the Ashanti, the Falasha, and the Benins? Father and son enjoy spending time together as they get to know the special customs and talents of many African

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Overview

"Why don't I have any brothers and sisters?" asks Jesse.

"You do," Daddy answers as he always does, and the two begin playing a favorite game. In fact, his father tells him, Jesse has countless brothers and sisters living in Africa. Some are teachers or engineers or businessmen. Others, like the Ibo, are known all over Africa. Can Jesse remember why? And what does Jesse have in common with the Ashanti, the Falasha, and the Benins? Father and son enjoy spending time together as they get to know the special customs and talents of many African tribes. Jesse looks forward to a visit to Africa — he knows he'll fit right in!

At lunchtime Daddy and Jesse play their favorite game: a question and answer game about people who live in Africa and the ways in which they are connected to Jesse.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When a boy asks why he has no brothers and sisters, his father tells him he has thousands of them in Africa. An informal description of 21 African tribes follows. "The protagonists' chipper interchange... keeps the material from becoming dry and didactic," said PW. Ages 4-7. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Michelle H. Martin
When Jesse asks his dad why he has no brothers or sisters, Daddy declares that Jesse does indeed have a plethora of talented, beautiful and diverse brothers and sisters who live all over Africa. Jesse and his dad take turns sharing their knowledge of the Djerma who are known for their jewelry making, the Guere, skillful dancers, the Ashanti, weavers of beautiful cloth, and many other tribes. While affirming the strength of a positive bond between an African-American father and son, this picture book helps to expose young readers to African cultures of which even many adults will not be familiar. The colorful watercolor illustrations depict native African customs in a positive light, helping American readers to appreciate cultural differences. The pronunciation key, labeled map of Africa and author's note also make this a useful addition to any classroom library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689818165
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.18 (d)

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