Wednesday, April 7, 2010

For You Are a Kenyan Child

For You Are a Kenyan Child
By Kelly Cunnane; illustrated by Ana Juan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006. Unpaged. Picture book.

Given the task of herding the cows to the pasture and minding them, a young Kenyan boy so begins his day. But his curiosity and natural inquisitiveness coax him--just for a moment--to slip away. He visits a tea shop, watches animals, spends time with friends, and other such delightful pastimes. But will he remember to follow his mama's instructions?

This book is delightful on every level. The text is elegant and simple--"sun lemon bright over eucalyptus trees full of doves." Beautiful illustrations with just the right amount of stylization mixed with painterly detailing elevate the text even further. The book is approachable, winsome, and full of charm. Any child can relate to the plight of diverging from a dull chore! This is a wonderful read--check it out!

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