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Furaha Means Happy: A Book of Swahili Words
     

Furaha Means Happy: A Book of Swahili Words

by Ken Wilson-Max
 

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This colorful picture book belongs on the shelf of every kindergarten and first grade classroom. The story is simply that of a family picnic, something many children have experienced. But in the telling of the story, we are introduced to a new language and thereby a different culture, something most young children, more than likely, haven't experienced. The simple, but full of rich color illustrations would make any child forget this is a foreign language lesson. Certainly the African American child will benefit from seeing a small piece of their ancestry introduced. And it is never too early to expose any child to the concept that we are many different people speaking many different languages. It reminds us of another delightful teaching tool that has endeared itself to most young children and parents alike over the past 20+ years--it's like an episode of Sesame Street in print! 2000, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 3 to 7, $12.99. Reviewer: Kathleen Orosz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Using a family outing as a backdrop, Wilson-Max introduces young readers to a handful of Swahili words. A brief introduction provides a map of Africa and identifies Kenya as one of its countries. It also presents a brother and sister who live there and speak English and Swahili. They wear western-style clothing, travel by car, and document family fun with a camera. Wambui greets readers and narrates the story of her family's trip to a lake. Full-color, double-page spreads present her simple story and are followed by labeled illustrations of selected vocabulary. For example, after she describes their picnic lunch, drawings of a mango, a sandwich, and other items appear on a crisp white background with their English and Swahili words. A separate guide to pronunciation is provided at the end. Wilson-Max's choice of rich, full-bodied color and the use of bold black outlines give his spirited illustrations instant appeal. Similar in format to the author's Halala Means Welcome: A Book of Zulu Words (Hyperion, 1998), this slim volume is an attractive extra.-Alicia Eames, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786805525
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
03/01/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 12.75(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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