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It Takes a Village by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

It Takes a Village

by Jane Cowen-Fletcher

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In a story based on the West African proverb, "It takes a whole village to raise a child." Little Kokou slips away from his older sister when she is taking care of him in the market. Yemi looks all over for Kokou, knowing that he must be hungry, thirsty, frightened and sleep. When she finds her baby brother she discovers that the entire village has been watching them both.
  wichitafriendsschool | Feb 18, 2018 |
This beautiful story illustrates the culture of African markets and shows how society contributes to the well being of children. ( )
  AngelaKastrava | Apr 17, 2017 |
I liked this book for a couple of reasons. First, it starts off with a mother asking her daughter to keep an eye on her little brother while she sells mangoes in the village. She proudly agrees, mentioning to others that she is perfectly able and old enough to do it. They smile and nod but they “know better.” Later on, she turns her back on her brother for a moment and he wanders off. Then it shows him looking and wondering where he could be, while he is off in the distance being watched after by a village member. The reason I like this book is because of the main quote, “it takes a village to raise a child.” This wonderful lesson of having/giving support from/to your family and friends means so much. The mother of the children know and is comforted by the fact that her village friends and family members will happily look out for one another and as a mother, that is a pleasing feeling to have. Another reason I liked this book was because I know I can include it in my future classroom. The illustrations were in colored pencil and watercolor and greatly added to the storyline of the book. For example, when the main character is in search of her brother thinking he is lost, the only way to know he is taken care of is through the pictures and illustrations showing he is happily with a loving village member. This was an adorable book that I think children would enjoy. ( )
  ChristySchultz | Apr 4, 2017 |
This book is about a young girl in a village who is put in charge of watching her younger brother while her mother sells fruit at the market. Soon enough, the girl loses track of her younger brother and worries that he may be tired, hungry, sad, etc. These worries are followed by a picture of her younger brother with various members of the community, sleeping, eating and playing. The saying "it takes a village" means that community members, family and friends are always there to help out. This is a great book to show children different cultures and how they may be similar to their own. Many kids have grandparents or family friends that take care of the younger children and are trusted to do the right thing if they see them lost or alone. It is also a good text to teach children how to care for others so they can be part of someones "village". The text is fairly easy to read, and the illustrations are well drawn and add to the story being told. ( )
  phoebedwilson | Feb 20, 2017 |
This book talks about a little girl name Yami who takes care of her little brother while her mother is out selling mangos. Yemi decides to go out with her little brother but the min she looks away her little brother disappears as she searches for her little brother, her little brother spends time with vendors eating and napping when Yami finds her little brother she is so thankful with the vendors and tanks them Yami then realize and remembers her mother worlds "it takes a village to raise a child".

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  Mayra26 | Aug 21, 2015 |
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On market day in a small village in Benin, Yemi tries to watch her little brother Kokou and finds that the entire village is watching out for him too.

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