Photographs : Margaret Courtney-Clarke
Publisher: Clarkson Potter, Inc./Publishers; 1994
Nonfiction for grades 1-3
Topics: Friendship, world cultures, Africa, art
Opening: “Hello Stranger-friend. I am Thandi, an Ndebele girl in South Africa. I am eight years old, and my best friend is a chicken.”
Synopsis: Thandi shares the unique beauty of her culture (painted houses and beaded clothes) while relating the universal themes of friendship, family, and fun. Readers connect to Thandi as she proudly looks inward at her people and outward to the world, full of hope at making a new friend from afar.
Resources: How to pronounce Ndebele - http://www.pronouncenames.com/pronounce/ndebeleWhen I was a third grade teacher, I used this book during our African studies unit. You could easily create art projects around the painted houses and beadwork shown in the book. As a writing exercise, students can write a letter to Thandi in a similar style, sharing what is important in their own culture.
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This sounds like a wonderful book! I love Maya Angelou and didn't realize she had written a picture book. Thanks so much for sharing! (I've hopefully got your link up now :))ReplyDelete
So nice to meet you.
I think we are on the same page...no pun intended. :) I've been passionate about picture books for over 60 years...and have always used the messages in them to help the kids in my care...as a kindergarten teacher, daycare provider and mom. Now I read and craft with kindergartens for fun...and write picture books, also for fun. :)
What a great book...I love Maya Angelou! Great resources and activities as well! Thanks for reviewing this book.
A picture book by Maya Angelou! Wonderful. Thank you for sharing it.ReplyDelete
I also didn't know Maya Angelou wrote a picture book. Lovely to discover this.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your positive comments! Another book by the same team (Maya Angelou and photojournalist Margaret Courtney-Clarke) is Kofi and His Magic, told by a boy who lives in Ghana. Maya Angelou has also written a series of multi-cultural books from around the world (Maya's World), but they are hard to find. She's also written/collected a few books of poetry for children. What an amazing writer!ReplyDelete
I'll have to look this up. It's above my kiddo's "pay grade," but I like the nonfiction books and he likes to check them out with me.ReplyDelete
I love Maya Angelou -- will have to check this out. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Welcome to PPBF! This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Lauara, am not familiar with this book. I love Maya Angelou, so this is a great offering to our growing PPB list. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
I have never heard of this book, but it sounds like one I will like! Thank you for telling us about it!ReplyDelete
Hi Laura! What a great selection for the PPBF list! I love it! Maya Angelou is wonderful. Thank you!ReplyDelete
sounds like a wonderful, educational book. will have to check it out. didn't realize Maya Angelou did children's books. very cool.ReplyDelete
I love Maya Angelou!!!!!!! This book looks awesome and I am not familiar with it at all. Never knew she had written it. This looks like a book I would read over and over. Thanks so much for sharing. And welcome to PPBF. It is a pleasure to read your reviews. Sorry I'm late getting over here. I was finishing a short story I wrote about my son Christopher. I am subbing it to an anthology. *waving*ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this book. It looks delightful.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this book with PPBF as it sounds perfectly delightful. I like what you suggested as the resources, too. :)ReplyDelete