Guest Author - Jeanne Egbosiuba Ukwendu
I found Where Are You Going Manyoni? by Catherine Stock in my local public library. It is the story of a little girl's walk to school and everything she sees along the way. This story is set along the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe.
The water color pictures are outstanding and really represent the landscape and animals of Africa. What I really liked about this book is the "Unfamiliar Words" list in the back which gives you the pronunciation and the meaning of the word. There are also a couple of pages of the animals the author has painted in the book. It's fun to look at the animals at the back and then try to find them on the pages in the book with your children. How many bush pigs or elands can you find?
This book would make an excellent addition to any household with children, especially if they really like animals or if you are looking for some nice examples of water color painting.
Interesting facts about the Limpopo River:
* The Limpopo River is over 1000 miles long and is the second longest river in Africa that drains into the Indian Ocean.
* Vasco da Gama was the first explorer is find the Limpopo river and named it the Espíritu Santo River in 1498.
* Rudyard Kipling immortalized the Limpopo River in his short story "The Elephant's Child".
* In South Africa, the Limpopo River is known as the Crocodile River since it is infested with crocodiles.
I borrowed this copy of Where Are You Going Manyoni? from my library.