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Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations
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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.

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48 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

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$11.95

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Community Soup
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Can Kioni save the school vegetable garden from her herd of hungry goats?

In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse, children are working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a soup for everyone to share. But Kioni is having trouble: her herd of mischievous goats followed her to school today and they are trying to eat all the vegetables. The ensuing chaos caused by the goats is cleverly resolved by the children, making their vegetable soup very tasty while saving Kioni's four-legged intruders at the same time.

Using rollicking verse with echoes of "Mary had a Little Lamb," Alma Fullerton tells a lively story about communal projects and finding creative solutions that help everyone contribute. This lively story for young readers is graced with Alma's stunning primitive paper sculpture art - the first book she has chosen to illustrate herself.

Reviews
"The full-color, mixed-media collages steal the show...A great choice for group sharing or for units on communities."—School Library Journal

"The recipe for Fullerton's second picture book, after A Good Trade, involves a bit of 'Stone Soup,' a dash of 'Mary Had a Little Lamb,' and a rural Kenyan setting...there's much to enjoy in Fullerton's textured illustrations..."—Publishers Weekly

"For reading aloud or alone, a nourishing choice."—Kirkus Reviews

"The simple sentences have a conversational tone and the superb pacing makes for a lively read aloud...[The] paper-sculpture illustrations are a visual feast...Textures seem tactile, from the rough, peeling bark on twigs to the softly curling tufts of the goats' hair."—Quill & Quire

"The first line of this story draws readers into a day-in-the-life of Kenyan school community, which Fullerton depicts with mixed-media collage and paper-sculptures that lend a diorama-like depth to each scene."—International Reading Association Reading Today Online

"The simply told story uses sparse language, but it is the lively drawings that are so winning. Fullerton's incredible 3D collage illustrations in mixed media fairly leap off the page and cleverly complement the text."—CM Magazine

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Recommended Ages: 4-8

Themes: Social Themes - Homelessness & Poverty; Humorous Stories; People & Places (Africa).

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32 pages | 10.50" x 9.00"

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$11.95

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From the Lands of the Night
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Format: Hardcover

In this story, the young girl Ra-Eli watches as her family agonizes over the illness of her baby brother Samson. When they approach a healer, the answer comes:

"Hold a ceremony to honor your ancestors and ask them to help, a joyful ceremony filled with guests."
"Joyful?" my mother said. "How can we be joyful at a time like this?"
"A joyful ceremony it must be," replied the healer. "Nothing less will bring the ancestors from their lands of the night. Let's seek joy in hope."

And there follows one of those magical sequences that are found in the traditional tales of East Africa, where Tololwa comes from. First, neighbours and friends come to the event -- then angels and finally Mola -- God. Music and dancing ensue, and when the exhausted Ra-Eli wakes, Mola hands the now recovered baby to his joyful mother.

This story is a true testament to the power of ceremony and music and the honouring of ancestors who come, from the lands of the night.

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 8 to 13.

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00"

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$19.95

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Light a Candle / Tumaini pasipo na Tumaini
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Peoples of Africa;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

Co-written by Eric Walters and Godfrey Nkongolo, Light a Candle weaves non-fiction with fiction to tell the story of a boy coming of age in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro and his father, the chief of their tribe. The boy climbs the mountain against his father’s wishes to fulfill a request of the country’s first leader, Julius Nyerere, to light a candle on the top of the mountain and unify the mainland of Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar as one country, the United Republic of Tanzania.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 6 - 8

This is a dual-language book in English and Swahili.

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32 pages | 8.75" x 10.75"

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$19.95

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Mimi's Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

In this addition to the CitizenKid™ collection of inspiring stories from around the globe, Mimi Malaho and her family help bring basic health care to their community. By making small changes like sleeping under mosquito nets and big ones like building a clinic with outside help, the Malahos and their neighbors transform their Kenyan village from one afraid of illness to a thriving community.

Reviews
"A great resource for introducing children to the issues surrounding global health and empowering them to get involved." — Ophelia Dahl, Executive Director, Partners In Health

Educator Information
Author Katie Smith Milway, a former aid worker in Africa, has written the best kind of global education book for children, filled with information that engenders empathy and understanding. The picture-book format with captivating artwork by award-winning illustrator Eugenie Fernandes brings Mimi's story to life. Along with further information, a glossary and a map, an addendum includes suggestions for how young children can get involved, highlighting how inexpensive, easy-to-make improvements can transform people's lives. This terrific book would find many uses in elementary classrooms, including lessons on African culture, African family life and the basic health care needs of people everywhere. Most important, it offers opportunities for inspiring discussions about compassion, volunteerism and making a difference in one's own community and the larger world community.

This book is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. 

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: S
Grade Level: 4/5

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies: Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness, rural communities

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32 pages | 9.37" x 12.37"

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$19.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: All about Ama
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Meet Ama!

This book introduces readers to simple vocabulary for parts of their body, such as eyes, ears, and arms.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. The Nunavummi Reading Series is now offering books that explore a global perspective. This is one of those books, focusing on the daily life of people in Ghana, West Africa. 

This book is a level 5 book in the Nunavummi Reading Series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P level: B.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity; Identity 

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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20 pages | 6.50" x 7.00"

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$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: My Happy Book
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

What makes you happy?

This book celebrates everyday life in Ghana, West Africa, and helps readers identify different things that make them happy.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. The Nunavummi Reading Series is now offering books that explore a global perspective. This is one of those books, focusing on the daily life of people in Ghana, West Africa. 

This book is a level 7 book in the Nunavummi Reading Series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P level: B.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity; Identity.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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24 pages | 9.00" x 6.00"

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$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Opposites
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Let’s learn about opposites!

This book helps children learn about the concept of opposites while celebrating daily life in Ghana, West Africa.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. The Nunavummi Reading Series is now offering books that explore a global perspective. This is one of those books, focusing on the daily life of people in Ghana, West Africa. 

This book is a level 6 book in the Nunavummi Reading Series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P level: D.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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30 pages | 8.00" x 7.90"

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Nunavummi Reading Series: What We Like to Do
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Utak is from Nunavut. Peace is from Ghana, West Africa. They may be from different parts of the world, but many of the things they like to do are the same!

This book features common activities children might like to do, along with beautiful photographs of Nunavut and Ghana.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. The Nunavummi Reading Series is now offering books that explore a global perspective. This is one of those books, focusing on a child in Africa and another in Nunavut.

This book is a level 7 book in the Nunavummi Reading Series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P level: C.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity; Identity; Indigenous Perspectives.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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16 pages | 7.80" x 7.80"

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$7.95

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