Ndito Runs

Ndito Runs

by Laurie Halse Anderson, Anita van der Merwe
     
 

Every day many children in Kenya run miles to school--so does Ndito. From her village in the highlands she runs barefoot, across ridges and down hills, under baobab trees and through tall grass. As she runs she calls up animal dreams to keep her company--she imagines she's floating like a gazelle and soaring like a crane. Anderson's text and van der Merwe's paintings… See more details below

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Overview

Every day many children in Kenya run miles to school--so does Ndito. From her village in the highlands she runs barefoot, across ridges and down hills, under baobab trees and through tall grass. As she runs she calls up animal dreams to keep her company--she imagines she's floating like a gazelle and soaring like a crane. Anderson's text and van der Merwe's paintings evoke the sights, sounds and the feeling of Africa. Full color.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
On her way to school, a nimble girl races barefoot across the Kenyan countryside in this energetic tale, the author's first. As Ndito's "strong feet sing fast in the dust," she "calls up animal dreams to keep her company." She imagines herself a gazelle, a goat, a wildebeest, an ostrich and other native creatures, realistically depicted in van der Merwe's grainy acrylic-on-canvas paintings. With its earth-tone palette and affectionate depictions of the local people and landscape, this South African artist's work is more memorable than Anderson's lyrical if sometimes labored text. Youngsters may, for example, stumble over such muddled similes as "Ndito springs straight up like a warrior watching cattle." Even so, both narrative and art paint an appealing portrait of an unusually vivacious heroine. Readers are sure to join Ndito in her enthusiasm. Ages 4-7. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Young readers and listeners will follow Ndito on a joyous romp through the Kenyan countryside as she heads to school. Dressed in a uniform, she begins her journey running through her village, passing various inhabitants in their native dress. As she heads out onto the savanna, she imagines being a number of animals, which are pictured, including a dik-dik, crane, and flamingo. Van der Merwe, a South African artist, makes a promising picture-book debut as her acrylic paintings fill the pages, bringing both the African countryside and the young protagonist to life. In her acknowledgments, Anderson points out how "Most children in the Kenyan highlands grow up running miles each day to get to school, and several have gone on to join the ranks of the fastest runners in the world." Even with the increasing number of multicultural titles being published, few have this book's melding of illustration and text. Pair it with one of Hugh Lewin's "Jafta" stories to take youngsters on a trip to a different part of the world.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805032659
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1996
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.35(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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