Monday, February 23, 2009

SIKULU & HARAMBE



Thanks to Parent Reviewers, we were given the opportunity to review the book Sikulu & Harambe: By the Zambezi River. This book is an African version of the Good Samaritan Story.

This is the first in a series of adventures that follow Sikulu the spider and Harambe the Hippo as they travel to different countries in Africa. In this story, they are in the village of Sioma where they encounter an old woman in need of help. The other animals all have convenient excuses for not helping while Sikulu & Harambe are the only ones who do. Based on an actual folktale, it is a great story that reinforces the beauty of kindness to young children. The book also offers a glossary of terms and weaves information about Zambian culture into the story. Children and adults alike come away better informed about life in Zambia.

About the Author
Kunle Oguneye was born and raised in Nigeria. He has lived in the United States for the last thirteen years, spending the last four of those years in the Puget Sound Area. He left a career in technology in order to pursue his love for children’s story-telling.

The illustrations in this book are amazing! We had to slowly look through the book just admiring the pictures before we even read any words! My kids and I really enjoyed learning the new words and understanding their meanings throughout this book. As a parent and teacher, I also appreciate books that has a good moral to them! Ethan really enjoyed the discussion questions in the book. He was really intrigued with the Zambia and the African animals in the book. I love how this book gave my kids a glimpse into another culture. This book is a touching tale of kindness that I recommend for everyone!
Also, be sure to check out some trivia, games, and fun videos on their website!

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