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Growing Up in Africa [Kindle Edition]

Genny Nuckolls , Les Nuckolls
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Africa is a land of mystery, of jungles, of exotic animals and vast deserts. And for Alicia and Annie, it is a land of surprises. When their father accepts a position at a small African college, the two girls find they are in for a world of adventure-if they can survive.
Between escaping renegade cobras and cockroach armies, making friends with lions and nearly getting squashed by elephants, and teaching a chimpanzee to play dressup-not to mention trying to convince the Africans that Santa Claus is not a witch doctor-Alicia and Annie begin to realize that they may be in over their heads. Regardless of the danger, they come to love this strange and wild land, its people, and its customs.
Growing up in Africa is full of tales and truths that no reader will ever forget.


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About the Author

Les and Genny Nuckolls are both California natives with a love for traveling and writing. Les first lived in Africa as a Fulbright Scholar assigned to teach at an African bush college near the Congo border. He continued living and traveling in Africa as a consultant to several Nigerian ministries for two years. During this time, he developed a deep appreciation and understanding of African family and cultural values. He and his two young daughters had some amazing experiences, many of which are chronicled in this book. Les finished off his overseas career as Superintendent of the Peace Corps Training Centers in the Caribbean. After careers in education and administration, Les and Genny developed their passion for writing by working for several newspapers in Northern California. They have written their first book together to chronicle and celebrate the stories Les has always loved telling of his adventures in Africa.

Product Details

  • File Size: 236 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort Inc. (July 9, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017026BS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, as well as Educational September 3, 2007
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"Growing Up In Africa" is a book which is entertaining, as well as educational, and one that I couldn't put down. It's about amazing, true-life adventure stories, told through the eyes of the authors' oldest daughter. What a wonderful five-year educational experience this had been for this family! I was most impressed by the way the authors were able to bring every detail to life; I felt as though I was living a lot of their experiences, and believe me, some of them were quite chilling! I especially l-o-v-e-d the story about Chester the monkey who was always charming to everyone until...well...you'll just have to read it for yourself.
My 7 year old granddaughter was especially intrigued with the story about the "The Haunted Yacht", so much so that she has asked me to read all of the stories to her. She's even read a little of it on her own, but said that some of the words were still a little too hard for her. Also, at the end of each story there are questions prefaced by "Did You Know?", that I bet would make a wonderful "must read" book for educators and their students. Are there any teachers out there? This is a MUST read!!!

Sharon F.
Brentwood, CA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For Children November 16, 2012
By Donna
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I didn't realize this was a book for children - I guess I should have read the reviews first! It's not bad but rather simplistic and clearly for a young audience.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a children’s book March 14, 2013
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I read the publishing description for “Growing Up in Africa” and nowhere was it mentioned that it is designed for children. I assumed this book was a series of stories about growing up in Africa told from an adult perspective. But no, these are stories told from a child’s perspective and definitely meant for children. I easily got bored after reading a few of them. I not only stopped reading the book, I completely removed it from my Kindle cloud collection. Buying this book was clearly a mistake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in post colonial Africa January 2, 2013
By fetti
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This book is aimed at school children and wriiten at that level. Having grown up in Africa myelf I was interested to read the experiences of children growing up in central southern Africa. I was especially interested to read the experiences from an American viewpoint. There are some factual errors, but overall it kept my interest.
F. Falconer (Perth, Western Australia)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong 'facts' November 26, 2012
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This is an interesting read. Until it came to the facts at the end of each chapter. Crazy stereotypes and stuff that dates back to I think 1930s. Update those ones or better still remove them altogether!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book September 3, 2007
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It was full of great stories that make you laugh one second and shiver the next at the thought that these "cute" stories really happened. The book is educational for kids but addictive fun for adults as well. The elephant sitting down on top of their car was scary but hilarious. It was just one of many great adventures. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in Africa, excellent reading! August 29, 2007
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I really enjoyed reading this book and the wonderful stories. They really are true stories as my cousin Ginny and husband are the authors. I was facinated and couldn't put the book down until finished. How thrilling too have had such an adventure in this life. I highly recommend this book.

Barbara Bell
Ls Quinta, Ca.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BOOK April 16, 2014
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I have not had a chance to sit down and read this book yet but I plan to read it soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An African Adventure
Fantastic! A tremendous journey down memory lane for mean and the authors family. I particularly thought that the notes at the end of each chapter were a wonderful addition to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Val Atkinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected.
The story was rather disjointed. There was no continuity, so it was hard to follow a lot of the time. I was not impressed.
Published 9 months ago by Sheila van Heerden
4.0 out of 5 stars good but short
An enjoyable story from a child's perspective growing up in Africa with an adventurous dad. If I was the mom, I probably would have killed my husband for putting my kids in such... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Erin
4.0 out of 5 stars simplistic but well written, interesting, moves quickly
Great family book--read it out loud in the car.
simplistic but well written, interesting, moves quickly. Highly recommend to all
Published 13 months ago by dkjk2
2.0 out of 5 stars Its unbelievable
Author writes like achild. only read about a quarter of the book.The story of the adventures was unbelievable.dont read it.
Published 14 months ago by vanda hall
3.0 out of 5 stars growing up in Africa
we enjoyed reading this book very much.....how do we return this book to you, we have no means to get rid of it in our country!!
Published 17 months ago by george woodley,
4.0 out of 5 stars Growing up in Africa
This book was very funny and I could relate to the girls because I'm about there age. I especially liked the story about the baby elephant, and I was quiet frightened about the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by SPM
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading this book....
This was a fun book to read....and I really liked how at the end of the chapter they added interesting facts. I felt like you were right there with the family. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Sharon G
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