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Halala Means Welcome: A Book of Zulu Words (Jump at the Sun) Hardcover – September 16, 1998

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Grade 1-4-An excellent picture-book introduction to the Zulu language. Wilson-Max begins with a map of the African continent that highlights South Africa, the land of the Zulu people. Readers are then introduced to two boys who live there. Michael visits Chidi, who takes his friend through his home and identifies parts of the house, his toys, and the family garden, and animals. Each short recounting of Michael's visit is followed by a two-page uncluttered spread of bold, simple watercolor illustrations of the items Chidi mentions. Young readers will learn that the lives and interests of these children are very similar to their own. The English terms appear next to the bold print Zulu words. The book concludes with a 25-word glossary with a pronunciation key. A fine resource for a unit on South Africa.
Marie Wright, University Library, Indianapolis, IN
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 3^-6. In a joyful bilingual picture book of postapartheid South Africa, a small boy named Chidi welcomes his light-skinned friend, Michael, and they speak Zulu as they play together in Chidi's home. In contrast to Michael Roberts' Jungle ABC , this book shows Zulu as part of the contemporary world, liberated from the primitive noble-savage stereotypes. The big, exuberant pictures in bright colors with thick black lines show the kids in jeans and T-shirts playing with cars on the desk in Chidi's room, looking at his shelf of books, enjoying the sandwiches his mother makes them in the kitchen, feeding the chickens in the garden, waving good-bye ("hamba kahle") when Michael leaves to catch the bus home. After each double-page scenario, the English and Zulu words are printed next to the objects, and there's a pronunciation guide at the back. The book begins with a big, clear map of Africa, showing South Africa at the tip, one of 52 countries on the continent. In most South African schools today, several African languages, including Zulu, are part of the curriculum. Kids in the U.S. will recognize the universal friendship story even as they have fun learning the simple vocabulary and practicing how to make the "click" sound. Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Jump at the Sun
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jump At The Sun (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786804149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786804146
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.4 x 12.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,351,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Interested in learning some Zulu words? The children's book "Halala Means Welcome! A Book of Zulu Words" will get you and your children off to a very good start. It contains a nice list of Zulu words to learn with bright colorful pictures and a cute story to go along with it. In the back of the book is a guide to how to says all the Zulu words in the book. The author makes it as simple as possible to understand the pronunciations, although I'm not sure I'll ever be able to get the clicking Q sound right.
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Format: Hardcover
I was disappointed. This is a book for very young children, it contains few words, and simple ones at that.
Halala means 'congratulations' according to my zulu dictionary...which is wrong?
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