Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book

Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book


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A companion to the Caldecott Honor Book Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book 

Jambo Means Hello
 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.  

A Caldecott Honor Book

* “A lyrical song of Swahili life.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140546521
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/28/1992
Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 232,082
Product dimensions: 10.48(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: AD640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Muriel Feelings was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended California State College. She lived in Guyana, South America, and in East Africa, where she taught for two years. Upon her return to the United States she taught high-school art in Brooklyn, New York. Her award-winning books Moja Means One and Jambo Means Hello were both illustrated by Tom Feelings. Ms. Feelings passed away in September 2011.
Tom Feelings, well-known illustrator and artist, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended the School of Visual Arts. In 1971 Mr. Feelings became the first African-American artist to win a Caldecott Honor with his illustrations for Moja Means One. Among the other award-winning books he has illustrated are To Be a Slave, a Newbery Honor Book by Julius Lester, and the Coretta Scott King-award winner Soul Looks Back in Wonder, a celebration of African-American creativity for which such distinguished writers as Maya Angelou, Margaret Walker, and Walter Dean Myers wrote poems. Mr. Feelings passed away in August 2003. 

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Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
jakdomin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations significantly add to the explanation of this foreign language. It is useful for child to look at the scene to understand the definition of the Swahili word while gaining insight to the African way of life. This book bridges the gap between our world and a world that seems very unfamiliar and different.
Brooke28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are fabulous! It won a Caldecott Honor
ajterry24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4PI think this book can be explained by Radical Change Theory. Although it is not a contemporary book, it was radical for it's time (it was published in 1974). Through exposure to the Swahili language and information about African cultures, this book offers new perspectives to English-speaking children.
pacifickle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jambo Means Hello is an alphabet book that has a Swahili word on each page starting with the corresponding letter. The word will be ¿baba¿ for mother, or ¿jambo¿ for hello, for instance. Then, there is the English translation of the word, and a short paragraph about the cultural meaning of the word. The book is accompanied by detailed black and white pencil drawings illustrating the cultural concept of the word in a typical small village in Africa. The drawings are very realistic and convey a strong sense of family, from the youngest children to the eldest grandparents. The lack of color in the pencil drawings makes the illustrations very realistic, but not as visually interesting. Children would probably prefer a more colorfully-illustrated book for this reason, even though the drawings are very skilled. The target audience for this group would be an early reader or someone learning their ABCs, to learn the different letters of the alphabet as receiving exposure to a different culture.
ampitcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
is a cultured book that teaches the Swahili alphabet