Marky's Really Cool African Adventure

Marky's Really Cool African Adventure


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All 10 year old Marky ever heard about Africa came from television and old Tarzan movies or from his friends that were terrified of the idea of visiting the continent or from school where he was told that only apes and wild natives lived there. Now his mother was taking him for a visit and although he was excited, he was also frightened. What would he see there? Would he be attacked by cannibals or lions? Would he have to protect himself? What would he do?

A different life in Africa unfolds for him immediately upon arrival. Join Marky as he explores the 'Dark Continent' and experiences a new reality.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692914076
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 11/16/2017
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

JUDITH M ECHOLS When I was in third grade I had to take a geography quiz and one of the questions was ‘Egypt is on what continent’? Of course, I answered Africa. The teacher marked it wrong and I promptly took my paper up to indicate to her that she had made an error. Well, she told me that Egypt was not in Africa. That Egypt was too beautiful to be in someplace dirty like Africa and that Egypt was, in fact, in the Middle East. As an Army brat who was born in Japan, I had lived in small towns and big cities and knew a little bit about the world. At home after discussing my teacher’s incredible lack of knowledge with my parents, I took my encyclopedia to school the next day to educate my teacher. In my eight year old mind she must not have known how beautiful Africa is and that Egypt is indeed there. She slammed my book shut, shoved it at me, told me the encyclopedia was wrong and I was not to bring the subject up again!
I was in such a quandary and very upset. I couldn’t fathom how I was going to learn from a system that wouldn’t teach me the truth. I think it was then that I decided to challenge myself to learn what positive things the world had to teach me. I love being an experiential learner, and my son Mark and I have had many wonderful adventures.
I wanted this book to expose children to the gift of travel from an African American child’s point of view with the hope that the subject would be relatable. My son Mark and I now live in Florida and we continue to travel and educate ourselves about our big beautiful home which is the world.

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite For many, Africa remains a “dark continent,” for all that it could swallow the United States, China, India, and a large part of Europe whole. For some, it’s an ancestral homeland which evokes both pride and sorrow. Inspired by Alex Haley’s award-winning miniseries Roots, author Judith M. Echols traveled to Senegal and The Gambia to have a personal encounter with the motherland. She returned a year later, but this time took her ten-year-old son. Marky's Really Cool African Adventure, with illustrations by Randell Pearson, is the story of that mother-son journey. Written from Marky’s point of view, it details every aspect of their trip: preparation, travel, lodging, and their many adventures. Dazzling full color illustrations add to the reader’s enjoyment. Marky’s Really Cool African Adventure appeals to me on several levels. It educates. Don’t let its size fool you. Echols has packed it with insights into history, geography, and culture. It reassures. A young person anticipating a first overseas trip can read Marky’s experience with passports, immunizations, food, money, and travel and be better prepared. It entertains. I enjoyed reading about young Marky making the rounds of the resort pools, his being eyed as a possible bridegroom, and losing his mom in the market. And, it touches the heart. One can’t ever again see The Door of No Return as just a wall with an opening in it and a nice view of the sea. A great read for young people, and one which illuminates a little more of the “dark continent” for us all.