Global Story Box Book Synopses

East Africa Global Story Box Synopsis

For You Are a Kenyan Child. Cunnane, Kelly (2006). Illustrated by Juan, Ana. NY: Atheneum. ISBN: 068986194X.
Set in a Kenyan village. A little Kenyan boy gets distracted by all there is to see and do and forgets what his mama asked him to do.

Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby. MacLachlan, Patricia (2011). Illustrated by Zunon, Elizabeth. Somerville, MA: Candlewick. ISBN: 9780763647476.
Set in Tanzania. A mother relates the events of a peaceful day along the banks of Lake Tanganyika to her baby, wrapped up and ready for sleep.

The Lion and The Mouse. Pinkney, Jerry (2009). NY: Little, Brown. ISBN: 9780316013567. Set in the African Serengeti of Tanzania and Kenya.
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.

Mama Elizabeti. Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie (2004). Illustrated by Hale ,Christy. NY: Lee & Low. ISBN: 9781584302360.
Set in Tanzania. When her mother has a new baby, Elizabeti is given charge of her younger brother and finds it more difficult to take care of him than it was to care for her rock doll.

DinkaDictionaryMy First Dinka Dictionary. Kasahorow (2013). Lexington, KY: CreateSpace. ISBN: 9781484013038. Somalia. Introduces 50 everyday objects in Dinka and English.

New Shoes for Helen. Onyefulu, Ifeoma (2011). London: Frances Lincoln,. ISBN: 9781847801289.
Set in Ethiopia. Helen, a young girl living in Ethiopia, searches her house for the perfect shoes to wear to her aunt’s wedding. When she cannot find the right pair, Helen goes to the market with Mama to buy new shoes.

Omer’s Favorite Place. Onyefulu, Ifeo(2011). NY: Frances Lincoln. ISBN: 9781847802415.
Set in Ethiopia. Omer tries playing in different areas of the house, until he finds a favorite place to play.

Only the Mountains Do not Move. Reynolds, Jan (2011). NY: Lee & Low. ISBN: 9781600608445.
Set between Kenya and Tanzania, Maasai culture. A collection of photographs featuring the Maasai people in Kenya, traditionally nomadic herders, highlighting the challenges they face and the ways the people are adapting their practices and lifestyle due to these challenges.

Qayb Libaax: The Lion’s Share. Said Salah Ahmed (2006). Illustrated by Dupre, Kelly. Saint Paul. MN:Minnesota Humanities Commission. ISBN: 9781931016124.
Set in Somalia. The hungry animals of the Somali forest have worked together to kill a big fat camel and must decide how to divide it. Will the portions be equal? Not with the lion in charge. Bilingual Dinka/English.

Rain School. Rumford, James (2010). NY: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN: 9780547243078.
Set in Chad. The children arrive on the first day of school and build a mud structure to be their classroom for the next nine months until the rainy season comes and washes it all away.

Artifacts: Jungle animals and fabric for baby carrier.

4 thoughts on “Global Story Box Book Synopses

  1. Shalom Rockwell says:

    I would love to check out the American Indians of the Southwest Global Story Box Synopsis. I am a teacher at Lineweaver Elementary school.

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