- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Children's LiteratureThe author introduces us to the members of his family and their various occupations, including a baker, wood carver, potter, doctor, and lawyer. The most interesting one of all is his grandfather, whose understanding of plants helps cure illnesses in his African village in eastern Nigeria. The author cautions the reader that many plants look similar but some can be lethal and therefore they should not experiment with tasting them. The clear full-color photographs bring the countryside, the people, and the culture to life. The text is short, engaging, and informative. Together they make you want to keep turning the page and discovering more. An afterword provides more information about grandfather's plants, the importance of traditional folk medicine, and its impact on scientific studies today. This is a marvelous book for Father's Day, a study on Nigeria, looking at family life, and also the study of plants. Simple enough for reluctant readers, engaging for everyone. 2000 (orig. 1998), Frances Lincoln, Ages 8 to 12.