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For You Are a Kenyan Child by Kelly Cunnane
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For You Are a Kenyan Child

by Kelly Cunnane

Other authors: Ana Juan (Illustrator)

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I enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. First off, it takes you through a day in the life of a Kenyan child. Its vivid imagery engages the reader and makes you feel as though you were actually there. For example, the first sentence of the book says, “Roosters crow, and you wake one morning in the green hills of Africa, sun lemon bright over eucalyptus trees full of doves.” Along with this vivid imagery are colorful pictures that encapsulate the words that describe them. It goes into detail about what a typical Kenyan boy would do like chasing monkeys and tending after his grandfather’s cows. This book shows what it is like to take part in another culture that is different than our own. The book also includes Kenyan words and phrases such as “Hodi” and “Una taka kucheza?” which is a different and knowledgeable feature to include in a book. The main character in the book, a young Kenyan boy, was given the task to look after his grandfather’s cows but loses sight of them when he went to goof off with his friends. This also teaches children of responsibility and trust and how important they are. They are things we as people should not take for granted and take very seriously. Overall, it is a very informative book that teaches very pertinent information in everyday life and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading. ( )
  ChristySchultz | Mar 6, 2017 |
I wish I could give this book a higher rating, but perhaps my criteria are overly stringent. The illustrations are beautiful, but the colors are unnatural, which might be fine if the book were not clearly presenting itself as a "multicultural" experience. The same could be said for the text. Numerous inaccuracies mark it as the product of a fairly shallow acquaintance with its setting. My kids, who have visited this area of Kenya, read the book once and lost interest as they said, "The person who wrote this book must not have been there." I would say this is an entertaining book for kids with an exotic setting and if you enjoy this type of illustration for its artistic merit, great. But from the standpoint of cultural education, it's highly over rated. ( )
  kaitanya64 | Jan 3, 2017 |
This was a great book to use to introduce a different culture. Although it did not discuss specifics of the Kenyan culture, through the fictional story, it gives the reader an idea of what it would look like to be a child from a different country. It is a very cute story. ( )
  megangreenhill | Oct 8, 2016 |
cute book about a kenyan child roaming around his village instead of doing his job that his mother gave him. His grandmother ends up doing it and the kenyan child realizes that he should have done his job. beautiful illustrations.
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  TUCC | Sep 16, 2016 |
the day and life of a boy from Kenya showing a perspective of a little boy with lots of responsibility
  Thood6784 | Mar 16, 2016 |
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[An] entrancing tour of a Kenyan village on a typical day.
 

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 068986194X, Hardcover)

Imagine you live in a small Kenyan village, where the sun rises over tall trees filled with doves. You wake to the sound of a rooster's crow, instead of an alarm clock and the school bus. Your afternoon snack is a tasty bug plucked from the sky, instead of an apple. And rather than kicking a soccer ball across a field, you kick a homemade ball of rags down a dusty road. But despite this, things aren't that different for a Kenyan child than they would be for an American kid, are they? With so much going on around you, it's just as easy to forget what your mama asked you to do!

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From rooster crow to bedtime, a Kenyan boy plays and visits neighbors all through his village, even though he is supposed to be watching his grandfather's cows.

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