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Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – July 15, 1992
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Now when this book first came out it was unique in its field. Since the 1970s, however, our standards for non-fiction picture books have risen a little and "Jambo Means Hello" is not necessarily the best book of its kind anymore. Looking at it today is an interesting exercise in changing perceptions. First of all, I'd like to commend author Muriel Feelings for her incredibly informative Introduction. Producing a map of Africa that clearly delineates the countries where Swahili is the primary language, she explains about the continent, the people, and the fact that Swahili hasn't a Q or X sound. The book then enters into the letters, accompanied by Tom Feelings's pencil and ink drawings. These pictures are entirely respectful of their subjects. People, objects, and the land itself are presented beautifully here. Though the illustrations are all black and white, you do not feel the lack of color is a loss of any kind.
I haven't any problems with the illustrations of this book, but I do feel that the text is a bit outdated at times.Read more ›
This Caldecott Honor book is fun and informative. It gives a good introduction to Swahili and some east African culture.This book provides the reader with detailed descriptions that influence further investigations of this foreign culture and language.
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A wonderful introduction to the English speaker of some of the foundational words of Swahili. The inspirational illustrations can't help but draw one into their celebration of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Kenton
Our Organization, Young Performing Artists (YPAs), Inc., offers youth enrichment programs featuring history, culture and heritage using 'the arts' to enhance the learning... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steele
Got this book to go along with the other book. Something fun to do with childrenPublished 3 months ago by C. Coleman
Good book for intro. into Swahili language for kids. The pictures are great.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Oh my gosh i love these books. We have the companion book about counting and they're so good. Love the traditional rural African focus.Published 6 months ago by raven