Monday, November 5, 2007
The book features Barbara Lavallee's beautiful illustrations depicting the Maasai culture of Kenya and introduces children to a culture they'll most likely find to be different than their own. While my daughter is too young to understand the meaning of the book right now, I was especially touched by the theme that no matter what happens in life, no matter what mistakes a child makes, his/her parent will not stop loving him/her. I also love the fact that the book uses many native Maasai terms and even includes a glossary at the end.
Combined with the touching theme, beautiful illustrations, and rich depiction of the Maasai culture, this book is a must-read for parents and children.
Reading tip: There are many opportunities for learning in this book. Check out this teacher's guide for children in grades 2-4.