Omer's Favorite Place


Omer has a favorite place to play. Can you guess where it is?

Collect all the First Experiences books by Ifeoma Onyefulu:
Deron Goes to Nursery School
Grandma Comes to Stay
New Shoes for Hlen
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Omer has a favorite place to play. Can you guess where it is?

Collect all the First Experiences books by Ifeoma Onyefulu:
Deron Goes to Nursery School
Grandma Comes to Stay
New Shoes for Hlen
Omer's Favorite Place

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Praise for Ifeoma Onyefulu's First Experiences series:
"These are ideal resources that offer a real glimpse into what life is like for other children and families in other parts of the world, in terms of things that we have in common but that are different, such as food, family, education, animals/pets and much more." - Early Years Educator

School Library Journal
PreS—This book provides a glimpse into the daily life of a child in urban Ethiopia. The simple, straightforward story will appeal to very young children who, like Omer, have a favorite place to play. He prefers the front of his house, but has to give in to big sisters; he likes the living room, but everyone says he will break the furniture; he likes to play in back of the house or in the garden, but not when he is asked to help with watering the plants. Every place he tries has someone or something interfering with him. Finally, Omer opts for behind the sofa where it is nice and quiet. Clear, colorful photographs capture the boy's happy, playful spirit and enhance readers' view of his home and family life. Definitions are provided for four Ethiopian words used in the story, but pronunciation is not included. This book will prove useful when discussing various cultures.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Omer's infectious smile will draw young readers into this photo essay detailing everyday life in an Ethiopian middle-class family. Omer invites them to figure out his favorite spot to play. He mentions Korki (described as "a game like marbles") but played with metal bottle caps, Atamata ("an Ethiopian clapping game") and Gebeta--"an African counting game," also known as Mancala in some countries. Most of his toys are instantly recognizable, as are the house furnishings save for some of the coffee-making equipment and the griddle for the injera, the Ethiopian staple pancake. Omer introduces readers to his parents, two sisters, his aunt, a nanny and a maid. Like many little boys, he always seems to be in the way, so he finds a special place where he can curl up with a book, use his crayons or have a snack. The insular scope of the text doesn't include his location, except for a mention on the jacket flap and in the very short glossary opposite the title page (which provides page numbers for references, a well-intentioned but confusing gesture, as the pages are not numbered). The attractive, sharp photos and simple text, counteracting many stereotypes, can be used to introduce the concept that children in different countries have similar needs and feelings, especially when it comes to fun. (Informational picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847802415
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Series: First Experiences
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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