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Bathseba Opini

Bathseba Opini was born and raised in Kenya. She now lives in Toronto with her family.

During her elementary and high school years, Bathseba loved history. Her parents, however, insisted that she needed to excel in science, math and English. After graduating from high school, she decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in education. She loves working with students and has taught at all levels, from elementary school to university, in Kenya and Canada.

Bathseba likes reading about and documenting the struggles and achievements of the African people. For a long time, she hoped to write about Africa for young audiences. When the opportunity to write Africans Thought of It (2011) arose, she was excited and gladly took it on. Bathseba says writing for children is fun; it makes her come to the children’s level, enter their minds, and imagine their world. Her hobbies include reading, travelling and adventure, watching cartoons, and gardening.

Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 5; 6; 7;

The ingenuity of African peoples from ancient times to today.

Did you know that aloe vera -- now found in countless products, including sunscreens and soaps -- was first used by Africans? They ground it into powder and used it to treat burns and other skin conditions, and hunters used it to disguise their scent from animals. They also used the nutritious oil from the fruit of the oil palm tree in everything from cooking to medicines to wine. And the marimba, better known to us as the xylophone, is believed to have originated 700 years ago in Mali. Other unique African innovations include the technique of banana leaf art and using horns -- and hairdos! -- to communicate important messages.

Africans Thought of It features descriptive photos and information-packed text that is divided into sections, including:
- Agriculture
- Food
- Medicine
- Music
- Architecture
- Games & Sports

Series Information
This is the fourth book the We Thought of It series, which takes readers on a fascinating journey across the world's second largest continent to discover how aspects of its culture have spread around the globe.

Additional Information
48 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

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