By Atinuke, Illustrated by Angela Brooksbank (Candlewick Press – 2020)
Lami is the best chicken catcher in the whole village. And while her sister may be speedy at spelling, her friend fast at braiding hair, and her brother brave with bulls, when it comes to chickens, nobody is faster or braver than Lami. But then she chases a chicken all around and up a baobab tree and – Ouch! How can Lami catch chickens with an ankle that’s puffed up like an angry lizard? Could there be, as Nana Nadia says, another secret to catching chickens? This amusing book with vibrant illustration celebrates childhood ingenuity.
By Allison Ofanansky, Illustrated by Rotem Teplow (Groundwood Books – 2020. First published in Hebrew in 2019 as “A sack of Luck: A Mimouna Night Tale” by Kinneret, Zmora, Dvir- publishing House Ltd.) It’s Mimouna-the Moroccan Jewish holiday that marks the end of Passover, when blessing are given for a year of prosperity and good luck. Miriam wants to help her mother make the sweet moufletot they always eat at their Mimouna party, but they don’t have any flour! (Note: Flour is not allowed in the house during Passover) Luckily, Miriam’s mother knows just what to do, and they set off to visit their Muslim neighbors. It’s a wonderful story featured a Jewish traditional festivity in Morocco, as well as friendship between a Jewish girl and a Muslim girl. >>> On the last pages, included an explanation of Mimouna and a recipe for making moufletot, the paper-thin pancakes enjoyed at Mimouna.
By Tricia Elam Walker, Illustrated by April Harrison (Schwartz & Wada books – 2020)
Next Monday is Grandparents Day at school, and Zura is bringing her favorite person in the whole universe – Nana Akua. But what will her classmates think about the African traditional tribal marks on Nana’s face? Will they be frightened? What if they’re means to Nana? Luckily, Nana Akua knows just what to do. This moving picture book is a simple reminder that what makes us different is also what makes us special.>>>Glossary is in the las page, and “Adinkra Symbols of Akan people of Ghana and the Symbols meanings” found inside of the front and back cover.
次の月曜日は学校で祖父母の日となり、Zuraは全宇宙で一番大好きなNana Akuaを学校へ連れてゆくつもりだ。しかし、彼女の顔に彫られたアフリカの部族伝統のマークを、クラスメイト達がどう思うか心配であった。怖がるのか、又は祖母を嫌うのか、、、。幸いNana Akua は、対応の仕方を心得ていた。この感動的な話の絵本は、人々の異質性は人々の特徴そのものだ（十人十色）との大事なことを思い起こさせてくれる。＞＞＞言葉の説明は巻末にあり。表と裏表紙の内側に、ガーナのAkan人達によるAdrinkra Symbols and their meaningsが紹介されている。
By Evan Turk ( Atheneum Books for Young Readers – 2016 )
Long ago, the fertile Kingdom of Morocco formed near the edge of the great, dry Sahara. It had fountains of cool, delicious water to quench the dangerous thirst of the desert, and storytellers to bring the people together. But as the Kingdom grew, all the people forgot the dangers of the desert, and they forgot about the storytellers, too. All but one young boy, who came to the Great Square for a drink and found something that quenched his thirst even better: wonderful stories by the last storyteller.
The sun has set. The moon is rising. It’s bedtime. But Lala is not ready to go to sleep! First she needs to say good night to the cat. And then the goat, and the chicken, and, and, and…….. This delightful bedtime ritual sets on the African , and rings true for all parents whose little ones aren’t ready to say good-bye to the day. >>> Other books by Rachel Isadora in SHI collection.
By Mary Hoffman, Illustrated by Caroline Binch (Dial Books for Young Readers – 1995) Note: Published in Great Britain in 1995 as “Grace and Family”
Grace is reunited with her father she barely remembers, as he left home when she was very small. Now he lives in Africa with his new wife and children. Naturally Grace feels strange when he invites her to visit. Nana is with Grace to offer support and advice, and Papa and his new family do their best to make Grace welcome. Nana helps Grace to deal with dilemma shared by millions of children whose parent no longer live together.
Retold and Illustrated by Rachel Isadora (G. P. Putnam’s Sons – 2008)
Everyone knows enchanted fish can grant wishes. But one wish is not enough for the kind fisherman’s greedy wife. Just how far can she push her luck? That’s what she’s about to find out. >>> The author’s captivating collage-style artwork, featuring the African landscape and increasingly turbulent ocean, provides a wonderful new backdrop for this classic Brothers Grimm story. ” Old Mikamba had a Farm” is the same author.
魔力を持った魚は願い事を叶えてくれる。しかし、優しい漁師の貪欲な妻は、一つの願い事では満足しなかった。彼女の願い事がどこまでエスカレートするのか、ページをめくりながら結果へと導かれる。＞＞＞見事な貼り絵スタイルのイラストでアフリカの風景と海の荒立ち具合を表現しながら、グリム兄弟の童話を再現した作品。同じ作者の絵本で “Old Mikamba had a Farm” がある。
Old Mikamba had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on this farm he had a Baboon!, a Zebra!, a Lion!, an Elephant! and many more! You can enjoy to sing along with a whole new cast of animals in the book irresistible version of “Old MacDonald” set on a game farm in Africa. >>> Explanation of the animals is on the last pages. The author Isadora’s another book “The Fisherman and His Wife”.
“Old MacDonald” の歌の中の動物が、すべてアフリカの野生動物保護地区の動物に代り、馴染みのある歌のアフリカ版となっている。歌を歌いながら、アフリカの動物達への親しみと知識を養ってくれる、大変にユニークで楽しい絵本。>>>巻末で登場する動物達を説明。同じ作者の絵本 “The Fisherman and His Wife” もある。
By Susan Verde, Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (G.P. Putnam’s Sons – 2016)
Based on the childhood experience of Georgie Badiel, a Burkinabé model and activist living and working in New York City. This is the story of one young girl’s quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village. With dynamic and beautiful illustrations and words, the book promotes the importance of clean drinking water for all human being.
By Katy Beebe, Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers -2017)
Khepri lives in ancient Egypt, happily fishing alongside his father in the water of the Nile. But today Khepri is replacing his fishing pole with the reed pens of a scribe – a change he’s a bit uneasy about. As he and his father travel to Thebes, Khepri must face his anxieties about starting school.>>> On the last pages, found explanation about “Writing and School in Ancient Egypt” and Glossary.