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Rehema's Journey

Rehema's Journey

by Barbara A. Margolies

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Rhema, a girl who lives in the mountains of Tanzania, accompanies her dad to Arusha City and visits the Ngorongoro Crater.


Rhema, a girl who lives in the mountains of Tanzania, accompanies her dad to Arusha City and visits the Ngorongoro Crater.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nine-year-old Rehema, the heroine of this full-color photo-essay, leaves her home high up in the Pare Mountains of eastern Tanzania for the first time ever when her father takes her to Arusha City and the world-famous game preserve at Ngorongoro Crater. Rehema is fascinated by Arusha's streets; Western readers will be equally fascinated by Rehema's family farm, where maize, bananas and beans grow. The visit to the Crater includes sightings of exotic wildebeests, cheetahs, a black rhinoceros, but most novel of all are the introductions to other tribes. A Waarusha girl gathers firewood, just like Rehema, but she lives in a round house with a thatched roof; a boy has painted his face white as part of a coming-of-age ceremony. The Maasai warriors rub red ochre (``a mineral from the earth mixed with animal fat'') into their hair, and wear jewelry; their houses are made of sticks and grass, and are covered with cow dung. Similarly informative and colorful details, smoothly woven into the text, highlight every page of a book that amply responds to the demand for engaging multicultural nonfiction. Ages 5-9. (Nov.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-5 --An attractive photo essay that follows the journey of a nine-year-old Tanzanian girl as she accompanies her father on a trip to see the wildlife at Ngorongoro Crater. The book offers the chance to meet a real child and her family, and to learn firsthand about her home life. Rehema's experiences parallel those of all children leaving home on their first trip--excitement at the prospect of seeing new sights coupled with a hint of homesickness. Readers will sympathize with Rehema's feelings on the crowded bus, share her pleasure in meeting her father's friends in the busy city, and understand her wonder at the cultural diversity within her own country. They will also appreciate Rehema's delight in seeing the animals at the game park while noting her concern for their survival in the future. Full-color photographs record each step of the journey. While there are other books on Tanzania that provide up-to-date factual material, this account gives readers a personal and accessible view of life. Valuable enrichment material for schools, this title can also be used to advantage in story hours as a lead-in to African folktales. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC

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7.90(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.12(d)
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5 - 9 Years

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