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Galimoto (Reading Rainbow Book) Paperback – August 21, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 520L (What's this?)
  • Series: Reading Rainbow Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 21, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688109918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688109912
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

An African boy collects scraps of wire to make a galimoto --a toy vehicle. In PW 's words, "Williams's gentle text and Stock's soft watercolors capture the essence of life in a small African village. Children . . . will warm to this tale of a boy's persistence and not-so-small accomplishment." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-- When seven-year-old Kondi decides to fashion a galimoto (a generic term for various push-toys made from wires and sticks), his older brother is convinced that a small boy should not undertake such a difficult project. Besides, the elder brother reminds him, Kondi does not have enough wire to make a toy. Readers follow the clever boy through his small African village on his quest to obtain the precious material from adults and other children through persuasion and old-fashioned know-how. Although he encounters many obstacles in his search, Kondi's persistence is rewarded. Stock's bright watercolor illustrations energize this quiet tale. Readers will cheer Kondi as he sees his goal realized. A good read-aloud choice. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Kids of all ages will enjoy this book.
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In the classroom, the book lends itself easily to critical thinking opportunities as kids are exposed to a unique and different world and way of life.
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I read this book to students who are studying to be elementary teachers.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By kay.savay.@richardson.k12.tx.us on September 29, 1998
Galimoto provides a unique opportunity for teachers to link reading, cultural understanding and visual art. Young students enjoy trying to discover the meaning of "galimoto" while they hear the story as it is read aloud. The illustrations help them to see the similarities in the everyday lives of children and people everywhere. All people make art! Young children can use pipe cleaners to make their own "galimotos" after they learn the meaning from the story. The story and illustrations held the interest of my students and encouraged them toward future learning through reading and making art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny L. Wallace on July 7, 2004
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As I prepared to visit Zambia to learn how communities are coping with the HIV/AIDS pandemic, I tried to help the children of our church understand what life is like in Africa. "You mean they are so poor nobody buys them toys?" Galimoto not only gives a realistic picture of life in a small African village, it celebrates the resourceful spirit of African children. Our young people were filled with wonder when I brought home a galimoto that I bought on a roadside in Zambia. They were eager to try their hand at creating their own galimotos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 4, 2002
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I just attended a talk by a Peace Corps volunteer who spoke about how children in Ghana were resourceful about creating toys to play with. This book illlustrates that point. I hope that my students from Africa will enjoy this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edivorp Rouylael on June 18, 2006
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This book is set in the small Southern African country of Malawi, the country in which I spent the first 19 years of my life. This book is very dear to me because of its connection to my home. However, it is a good book in its own right. I can say that the language used in the book is authentic (galimoto is, in fact, Chichewa for car). The illustrations are also accurate. The book also has several plot elements which are great discussion points for parents or teachers. For instance, the main character has to make several deals with people to get the things he needs for his project. This provides a good lesson in compromise. The main character also shows planning by setting a goal and then following through the motions to reach his goal. Although the book is intended for smaller children, I think that it is a helpful book for older kids as well. I have read this story to my 7th graders, and it has prompted many discussions on other cultures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Rise on May 9, 2013
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My son-in-law is from Namibia and he enjoyed reading it, too. We bought a copy for his young nephews in Lilongwe and they loved it. In addition to the story, the pictures are beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elizabeth gillespie on December 2, 2012
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Galimoto is a very special book. It is a wonderful story about a little boy far away in Africa, that combines the universal creativity of all young children with an exploration of a world far removed from most American children. It is a wonderful book to use for multicultural studies, as well as to spark creative recycling projects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bowen on March 21, 2009
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When I taught elementary school, I used this book constantly. I'm always reminded of Tom Sawyer as the young boy becomes very resourceful in trying to obtain the wire he needs to put together his push-toy. In the classroom, the book lends itself easily to critical thinking opportunities as kids are exposed to a unique and different world and way of life. It leaves many feeling grateful for what they have. And though the book's young hero leads a life so different from their own, children readily identify with the boy's up hill struggle to get what he wants. That, they all understand. It's a great read for home or school.

Chris Bowen
Author of, "Our Kids: Building Relationship in the Classroom"
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By B. Eno on June 25, 2014
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I used this for a group of children. Read/told the story, then had them make one for themselves. They loved it.
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