Jambo Means Hello

  • Title: Jambo Means Hello
  • Author: Muriel Feelings
  • Illustrator: Tom Feelings
  • Publisher: Puffin Pied Piper
  • Publication year: 1974
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“introduces children to the Swahili alphabet with helpful pronunciation keys, while presenting East African culture and lifestyles through an easy-to-understand narrative and vivid illustrations.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –Much like Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions, this is another book that can be used both historically (by showing the language of certain part of Africa) and culturally.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –Muriel Feelings also includes a little blurb about the nature of the book, and includes a map. While it doesn’t specify how Feelings received her information or any references, it does give a little bit more explanation than say in the early Native American picture books I have covered.

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