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The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa Hardcover – April 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823418588
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823418589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3–Lalibela is a mountain town in Ethiopia, known for its production of fine honey. Kessler's story features Almaz, a plucky girl who wishes to take on the traditionally male work of beekeeping. The men laugh when she can't climb a tall tree to fetch down a woven hive, except for Father Haile Kirros, who encourages her. In a few months, she returns to the marketplace, just as she had sworn to do, with very fine honey. Jenkins follows the ups and downs of Almaz's labor in deep-hued, mixed-media scenes spread richly across double pages. Focusing on the characters and their activities, the artist washes colors in broad layers for his background, sometimes adding chalky swirls resembling children's sidewalk drawings. Text blocks on some pages are simply set against the scene in white or black print, but other times they're set on irregular cream-colored shapes that almost appear to be speech balloons. Though the added elements are a bit cluttered, the art handsomely conveys the African setting. Kessler includes well-chosen details about the beekeeping project and a few words from the local Amharic and Tigringna languages. Easily understood in the text, they appear in a concluding glossary with an author's note on the village and its legendary name. Almaz's conclusion that Life is sweet is well earned, and readers will cheer her determination and good sense in realizing her dream.–Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
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PreS-Gr. 2. Young Almaz, who lives in a mountain village in Ethiopia, loves the honey she buys in the market. She wants to keep bees and make her own honey, but the men laugh at her: "That's men's work, little girl." Encouraged by the local priest, she proves them wrong, devising a way to put a piece of honeycomb in a container to keep away the water and the ants and draw in the bees. Jenkins' richly colored, dense, mixed-media collages focus on village life in the open-air market and on the young girl in her family compound high in the misty mountains. Kids who like the details of how things work will enjoy the problem solving as Almaz figures out creative ways to maintain her hives. Even youngsters who can't grasp all the particulars will enjoy the story of the girl who shows up the adults by doing what she loves. Hazel Rochman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karlaandjune on September 13, 2012
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The story of a little girl overcoming obstacles to achieve her dreams. The illustrations are pretty and my daughter loves bees, so this book was a big winner in our household! I love giving my daughter examples of little girls who overcome gender roles also.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antonietta Calento on April 4, 2010
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The book is a lovey story. I enjoy reading this to my son every once in a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ann on April 8, 2013
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This book was used in Ethiopia with teachers and young women as a spring board to discussions of women's empowerment. It's a lovely story to teach from as well as a fbulous story to share cultures with children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JP on January 22, 2013
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This is a great story for Girls. My five year old loved the story.

Easy to read and understand. Thanks
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By R Fam on October 22, 2012
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I love this story, in particular because of the strong little girl who is the main character. My daughter is Ethiopian, and she loves this book. It's a fun one for the parents, too.
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