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Moja Means One (Picture Puffin Books) Paperback – August 15, 1992

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About the Author

Feelings focused on the Black American experience and African culture throughout his long and distinguished career as a fine artist and illustrator. He was the first African American artist to win a Caldecott Honor.
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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (August 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140546626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140546620
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Invisible Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a lovely little book by a couple who have lived and taught in East Africa. They obviously loved the experience because they were inspired to produce this Caldecott winner.

Though the book was written with African-American children in mind, I believe all children can benefit from reading it. Each number is accompanied by a two-page grayscale drawing. The lack of color may be a problem for younger readers. My 3 year-old son, for example, was not interested in a second read-through. My 5 year-old daughter however was intrigued by how African culture (grantedly of the late 1960's) was different from our own. The counting was not of particular interest to us but all of the other aspects of non-urban African life were.

Pictures depicted are snowy Kilimanjaro, a children's game called Mankala, coffee trees, mothers carrying their babies on their backs (which we now do in the US), savanna animals, styles of dress, Nile river fish, busy market stalls, musicians and their instruments, and, at last, a storyteller entrancing young listeners.

My only complaint is that there is not more to this book: more beautiful drawings; and more explanations of the activities that are depicted. Still a nice book for children who seek an introduction to the broader world.
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Muriel and Tom Feelings have put together a book which counts from 1-10 in Swahili, but also through the rich illustrations introduces us to the culture of Africa. The book contains an introduction which explains the languages spoken and some informative details about the area. The book gives you the pronunication codes for the words. I was impressed by this seemingly simple book which is packed with sights and sounds of East Africa.
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This children's book teaches the numbers one through ten in Swahili as well as various aspects of east African culture. Children will enjoy learning to count a new way. And, the illustrations by Tom Feelings are great. The book was a 1972 Caldecott Honor book (i.e., a runner-up to the Medal winner) for best illustrations in a children's book.
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Being a Swahili speaker, I was looking for something for some Swahili speaking children in Tanzania whom I am sponsoring. This beautiful little book is exactly what I was looking for. The illustrations are so exceptional and sensitive, and the sense of East Africa is just right. Highly recommended for children of all cultures, but a particular treat for the Swahili speaking children who may be lucky enough to get a copy.
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My husband is Kenyan and I want our newborn twins to learn Swahili. This book is a great primer for counting to ten in Swahili and also introduces children (and the parents!) to different aspects of East African culture.
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Lovely book-companion to Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book…. I do a reading program and got these books to work with a girl who was born in Kenya. Made the reading very interesting to her and she was able to teach me about Swahili! Illustrations are beautiful drawings
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This is a very lovely book, of course it is--it is a Caldecotr award winner... but it is not a counting book. A good counting book teaches how to count. No one could learn to count in Swahili from this book! The book tells the numbers and it tells a fact about Africa with each number, but it does not connect the two -- "Moja means one. Mount Kilimanjaro is a mountain in Kenya." By not creating a true counting book the author and illustrator have missed a great opportunity to share more about the Swahili language. The charcoal illustrations are beautiful, the facts are interesting... but this is sadly not a counting book.
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The book is more of an infomational piece than a story book. It shows you how to count from one to ten in the Swahili Language. Besides each number is a fact pertaining to the East African culture. The illustrations are beautiful and very artistic. A bow to Mr. Feelings for such artistry. In the introduction of the book is a brief information piece on Africa and the Swahili language. A must for African American children reading.
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