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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Ella and Louis are enjoying their time at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Louis wants to have strawberries and Ella tells him that there are not so many strawberries in the Gambia but there are other delicious fruits. Ella's favorite is juicy mangoes and their mother loves sweet and sour kabba. Ella tells her brother that kabba can be eaten with sugar, salt, and chili. Louis sees the koni fruit and thinks it is a coconut. Ella explains to him that it is different when they cut it open, though it looks like a coconut from the outside. Louis thinks the solomsolom resembles beads. He wants to climb the trees to pluck the giant lemons which Ella tells him are grapefruits. He tastes the plums and they both have a soursop together. They share their exciting adventures with their mother and she makes them a fruity drink from the monkeybread fruit.
Mangoes & MonkeyBread: Fruity Fun with Ella & Louis by Emily Joof is an informative and educational story that introduces readers to the fruits of the Gambia in an engaging way. The illustrations are bright and colorful and they make it easy for young readers to identify the fruits. They will enjoy going with Ella and Louis and learning about these fruits in an interactive way. The author's description of the fruits is also very vivid and palpable. The story will also make readers aware of the different types of fruits that grow in other places in the world. The activity at the end of the story makes it interactive and fun for youngsters as they go on their fruity trip with Ella and Louis. It is a good storybook for tutors and parents to use for storytelling sessions in classrooms and at home, because it makes learning interesting and entertaining and it is the best way to introduce children to the different types of fruits that grow in other places.