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For You Are a Kenyan Child (Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award) Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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First, I'd like to commend her for writing a book about a Kenyan village and to state that the illustrations are quite good. I am sure she had the purest of intentions when writing it.
I cannot claim to have flawless Swahili but having learned and spoken the language since childhood, I can easily identify mistakes.
It is unfortunate that there are thousands of children out there reading incorrect Swahili.
Her father says the following:
"It is bad that she has placed the wrong meaning of Swahili words in the English context and she ought to have consulted a Swahili scholar or native speaker (a Tanzanian/Kenyan) so as to write the language correctly.
No book would be published in English with incorrect spellings and context and we hope that measures will be taken to correct these errors."
We also believe that the publisher has an obligation to ensure that the books they sell which are geared to millions of people/children are correctly edited by native speakers/scholars of the respective foreign languages.
Some mistakes found in the book include:
Una taka chepati? = Unataka Chapati?
* Chapati is not a pancake, it is a type of flat-round-bread with its origin in India
Jambo, Mzee - Mzee means an old man/elder not exactly respected one as stated
* Mheshimiwa means respected one
Una taka shika rungu (fly-whisk)? = Unataka kushika rungu?
* A rungu is a club, not a fly-whisk, not sure what a flywhisk means in Swahili
Una taka maziwa lala?Read more ›
A child wakes in Kenya, "in the green hills of Africa, sun lemon bright over eucalyptus trees full of doves", to herd his Grandfather's cows. He's instructed by his mother to watch them carefully, but the cows won't mind if he slips away for a moment to see who else is up and about, will they? There's Bashir who bakes some pancakes in the morning, and the great black monkeys that perch in the trees. There's the village chief who is carving a magnificent lion and Grandmother who offers "sleeping milk, sweetened with crushed charcoal, fresh from the gourd". Distracted further by friends and playmates the boy finally makes it back to the field . . . but the cows are gone!Read more ›
I bought this book as a connection for my children to the Kenyan grandfather they can never meet, but this is a wonderful book for any family that wonders about the world we live in. Don't be intimidated by the few phrases in Kiswahili; the language was invented by Arab traders and first written down by the British so it is highly phonetic for English speakers. Just remember; 'e' sounds like A and 'y' sounds like E. Relax, smile as you speak and give each vowel equal emphasis. You may never visit East Africa but these are such easy words, a secret language to share with your children.
My only regret about this book is that there isn't a whole series of them. We long to know more about the people of that village and their everyday adventures. It has been sad to say 'Goodnight' to them - seven times!
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Very informative and just enough information for kids. I enjoyed it and can't wait to read it to my class.Published 6 months ago by Elaine H.
Thrilled! My great friend and co-worker is having a baby. Se is from Kenya and I wanted to give her something special! She loved it!!!1Published 6 months ago by Janice E. Brown
Sweet sweet story........for the Kenyan child.........love it....beautiful illustrations....Published 7 months ago by teresa t beyer
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