Moja Means One

Moja Means One


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A Caldecott Honor Book

Moja Means One
introduces children to counting in Swahili with helpful pronunciation keys, while presenting East African culture and lifestyles through an easy-to-understand narrative and vivid illustrations.  

“Magnificient, full-page drawings throb with the feeling of East African life.”—Child Study Association

Look for the Caldecott Honor Book and companion title: Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140546620
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/01/1976
Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 518,989
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.56(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Muriel Feelings was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended California State College. She lived in Guyana, South America, and in East Africa, where she taught for two years. Upon her return to the United States she taught high-school art in Brooklyn, New York. Her award-winning books Moja Means One and Jambo Means Hello were both illustrated by Tom Feelings. Ms. Feelings passed away in September 2011.
Tom Feelings, well-known illustrator and artist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended the School of Visual Arts. In 1971 Mr. Feelings became the first African-American artist to win a Caldecott Honor with his illustrations for Moja Means One. Among the other award-winning books he has illustrated are To Be a Slave, a Newbery Honor Book by Julius Lester, and the Coretta Scott King-award winner Soul Looks Back in Wonder, a celebration of African-American creativity for which such distinguished writers as Maya Angelou, Margaret Walker, and Walter Dean Myers wrote poems. Mr. Feelings passed away in August 2003. 

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Moja Means One: A Swahili Counting Book 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I think 'Moja Means One' is a very educational book. I would recommend it in use with discovering cultures and languages of the African culture. Even though the pictures on the pages were in black and white, the art and detail was outstanding. I would say that this book deserved the Caldecott Medal. Muriel Feelings taught in Africa. She wrote this book in hopes of sharing with American children African life and language. Even the illustrations could paint a picture for the children of the African culture. The story has 1 or 2 sentences per page but I would recommend the reading level for 3rd grade or higher. Feelings, Muriel. Feelings, Tom. Moja Means One. NY: The Dial Press. 1971.