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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Swahili Folklore by Gloria D. Gonsalves is a collection of rhymes, songs, and Swahili folk tales, and introduces readers to a country called Tanzania, a country located in East Africa, that boasts many treasures. Children are introduced to many things associated with Tanzania through rhymes, folk tales, songs, pictures, and drawings. For all kids who love animals and wildlife, the book acquaints them with the Tanzanian wildlife and also those animals that are endangered. The folk tales in the book have good messages for readers and will also encourage readers to develop a genuine interest in the continent of Africa.
I like the way the author has put together many interesting things; folk tales, rhymes, pictures, animal facts, and drawings that make it an informative and educational book. She also helps children play an active role by making them tell the stories and draw pictures for the stories. Children also get to know more about Tanzania through this. The book has a lot of information about the animals, which is listed in a way that can be easily grasped by kids. I found it a useful book that can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Parents can have it in their personal collection to tell their kids some stories with good morals and more about the wild animals; especially the endangered ones. Books like this are perfect for child readers as it makes learning a fun experience. The book takes them right into Tanzania and will teach them about Swahili culture.