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Jabulani (Childrens Picture Books by Age 6-8 Christian Child) Paperback – March 9, 2017
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Children are introduced to many wonderful things that becomes a part of their lives. They are introduced to their culture and heritage. They also become accustomed to family and a sense of community. In Jabulani, by Jonathan Stoler, we are introduced to Jabulani's community and South African culture. This brilliantly covered picture book, takes us on a trip into Jabulani's heritage. We learn about his culture, his family and how small acts of kindness can have a huge and positive impact.
The cover was the first thing that caught my eye as I found it very appealing. The cover page spoke volumes about what the story would entail with the bright color scheme representing the character's culture and the detailed imagery in the background. In fact, all the illustrations in the book were well drawn. Children learn just as well from pictures as they do from words. Young readers can really get a visual insight into Jabulani's community just by looking at the images. They can feel as if they really took a trip to South Africa to witness all its magnificence.
The plot was well paced and the story was both enlightening and informative. It was enlightening because of the small lessons given throughout the story on the theme of kindness. The author wanted to make sure that children gain important tips that can help them to one day make a positive impact on someone else. It was informative, because in the story, children are exposed to a different culture outside of their own. The author introduces new words from Jabulani's culture and cleverly puts them in a simplified context that children will be able to understand. Another thing to note, I loved that at the end of the story, he had separate pages with a reader's guide and a glossary. I thought they were an excellent touch.
Jabulani is an individual that children should be introduced to. In the books, he opens children's minds to interesting things and different ways of living. He also serves as a great role model as he demonstrates kindness and love for his community all throughout the book. He is proud of his heritage and after reading this story, children can feel a sense of pride about their own as well.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. This is an excellent book for children aged, 6-9. The illustrations are well done, the plot is enlightening and there is so much to learn and be gained from the story. This is a book I would recommend teachers to have in their classrooms and families to have in their homes. - OnlineBookClub.org
The cover of the book is inviting. Jabulani will inspire the young to study and understand other cultures. African culture is full of mysteries. - OnlineBookClub.org
From the Author
Jabulani is a story of childhood in Africa. More than that, it's a demonstration of what faith and the Fruits of the Spirit in daily life may look like through the eyes of a child. The idea for Jabulani sprang from a desire to share, in a practical way, the Fruits of the Spirit with my own children, and do so within the context of the African culture in which I grew up. Jabulani lives with purpose and loves with purpose, and shares his story across diverse cultural lines.
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