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Welcome to Zanzibar Road
     

Welcome to Zanzibar Road

by Niki Daly
 

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On a hot day in Africa, the neighborhood of Zanzibar Road is bustling! There’s always someone ready to share a funny story, lend a helping hand, or celebrate a big day. As soon as Mama Jumbo walks down this special street, she knows she’s found the perfect place to settle down. And with her kind heart and big imagination, she’s sure to fit right

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On a hot day in Africa, the neighborhood of Zanzibar Road is bustling! There’s always someone ready to share a funny story, lend a helping hand, or celebrate a big day. As soon as Mama Jumbo walks down this special street, she knows she’s found the perfect place to settle down. And with her kind heart and big imagination, she’s sure to fit right in with her neighbors. There’s Baba Jive, who likes to play his sax; Bro Vusi and his bookmobile; Louie-Louie, who sells sweets in his shop; mischievous Juju; friendly Kwela and Buti; and lovable Little Chico. You’ll get to meet all of these delightful characters in five short, funny, and sweet stories, just right for reading alone or sharing with a neighbor of your own.

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"South African culture flows joyfully in this vibrant tale that's sure to be a hit." School Library Journal

"[The] animals are kind, full of music, and perfectly satisfied with their unhurried lives...they make fine role models." Booklist, ALA

"Wonderful endpapers introduce each of the story's characters and bring the...exuberance of the interior illustrations to the reader." Kirkus Reviews

"Watercolors...convey the characters' feelings and the contemporary African setting with equal verve in this warm, lively episodic book." Horn Book Guide

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Under a hot African sky, Mama Jumbo the elephant walks down Zanzibar Road and finds the perfect spot to build her house-under the pawpaw tree. Animal neighbors help her build her scrap house, hang a 7-Up sign above her door for her address, and settle in happily. Soon, however, Mama Jumbo is lonely, and she asks the animals if any of them would like to move in. Only Little Chico, a scrappy, uncared for chicken, takes her up on her offer. After she gives him a strawberry-bubblegum-scented bath, snazzy pajamas, and a lullaby, Little Chico and Mama Jumbo are content with their living arrangements. However, the next day the elephant cannot find her friend anywhere and she frets that he has left, but children will be quick to notice that he is on her head. After a day of searching, the two are happily reconnected. Through his warm, expressive watercolors, Daly teaches readers about some of the important things in life-friendship, family, and how to make a house into a home. Details abound, and the animals' patterned clothing adds texture and variety to the pages. Colorfully painted endpapers further weave Mama Jumbo and her animal friends together. South African culture flows joyfully in this vibrant tale that's sure to be a hit as a read-aloud or as a beginning reader.-Michele Shaw, formerly at Yorkshire Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Five short picture-book chapters celebrate life in a cozy neighborhood in Africa-presumably South Africa, where the author/illustrator draws his inspiration. Mama Jumbo (an elephant) builds a home out of scrap near the pawpaw tree with the help of new friends. Juju (a monkey) helps hang a house number on the home ("a rusty old store sign"-7 UP) and Mama Jumbo settles in, but it just doesn't feel like home until Little Chico (a chicken) comes to share her home. ("He looked and smelled as if he needed someone to look after him.") Not a lot of excitement in this story-just comfortable chapters (a bubble bath, a missing Little Chico, a scary shadow) that culminate in a surprise birthday party. Wonderful endpapers introduce each of the story's characters and bring the warmth and exuberance of the interior illustrations to the reader from start to finish. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618649266
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/12/2006
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.12(d)
Lexile:
AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Niki Daly is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Kleinmond, a small seaside town in Western Cape, South Africa, and often finds inspiration for his stories in African peoples and cultures.

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