WOW Review: Reading Across Cultures Volume 3, Issue 4

Table of Contents

Introduction and Editor’s Note
Janelle Mathis

Big Red Lollipop
Written by Rukhsana Khan

The Bite of the Mango
Written by Mariatu Karnara and Susan McClelland

Annuqtatu Assawdaa (The Black Dot)
Written/Illustrated by Walid Tahir

Broken Memory: A Novel of Rwanda
Written by Élisabeth Combres

The Cruisers
Written by Walter Dean Myers

Dark Water
Written by Laura McNeal

First Come the Zebra
Written/Illustrated by Lynne Barasch

Going Going
Written by Naomi Shihab Nye

Our Secret, Siri Aang
Written by Christina Kessler

Traitor
Written by Gundrun Pausewang

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  8. This is a very unique book written about Maasai culture primarily from the perspective of a pre-adolescent female growing up in that world. A very engaging book in terms of background, cultural perspectives, and the surprising universalities of growing up, regardless of where in the world you are. The female protagonist, Namelok, will undoubtedly give new insight into what it means to be young in Africa to Western readers. This book is particularly enjoyable in terms of how it gives snapshots of what we have already seen about the Maasai culture, Kenya, wild African animals, etc. Yet at the same time, the viewpoint and perspectives of the people inside that culture take it a step further in terms of their modern struggles, survival, traditions, and what that means for the modern day Maasai. What I found particularly interesting are the explanations of how an African tribe views animals and their natural world, along with the ways in which they connect with it. Will that world be lost forever this century? It is a theme that shines through as a common thread running across the pages of this very original book written by a Westerner, Cristina Kessler, under the guidance of Kakuta Ole Maimai Hamisi, a Maasai who helped in the editing of the manuscript. This book stands out as another fine example of African literature, which is a literature that we know little of in North America, and that we undoubtedly need to get much closer to.

  9. For your in formation “wunschkind child without a country” by Liesel Appel as paired in your review of “Traitor” was written by Mrs. Appel where she adapted her memoir “The Neighbor’s Son”for young adult readers. The site is wwwtheneighborsson.com.

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