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Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya [Paperback]

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Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around.

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On market day, Mama Panya's son Adika invites everyone they see to a pancake dinner How will Mama Panya ever feed them all? With informative endnotes, this clever and heartwarming story about Kenyan village life will teach children the importance of sharing, even when you have little to give.

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Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya by Richard Chamberlin Chamberlin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • School Library Journal - 07/01/2006 page 44

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Item Specifications...

Pages   40
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.75" Width: 10" Height: 0.12"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Barefoot Books
Age  4-7
ISBN  1905236646  
ISBN13  9781905236640  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Explore the World > Fiction > Africa
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Family Life > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Multicultural Stories > African-American
5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Situations > Values > Fiction

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A little culture lesson for kids  Sep 23, 2008
I purchased the book to introduce a bit of African Culture to my childen. The story is charming and heartwarming and the illustrations are beautiful and colorful adding to the richness of the story.

I liked the back of the book as much as the story itself as it explains life in Kenya, including a map, some Kiswahili greetings and words and a recipe to try for those whom wish to taste a bit of Africa too.

A great addition and introduction to a cultural collection for kids.
I like this one  Jul 22, 2008
First, let me mention for those interested in the subject that this book shows babywearing in the background in one of the spreads.

The moral of the story, how a simple dinner became a feast when "all their friends" were invited to share it, is neither overly expressed nor too subtle for little ones. The illustrations are bright and colorful, this book will attract a lot of attention :)

Please note that it's a bit wordy, probably suited for the older of the 4-8 crowd. The same advice *definitely* goes for the supplemental information at the back of the book, all sorts of things on how people live in Kenya and a few simple Swahili phrases and, of course, a recipe :)
Mama Panya. Seriously?!  Jun 6, 2008
I have not read the book, however, as a Kenyan I cannot get over the fact that the Mothers name is Mama Panya, which, translated, means "Mother of Rat" (similar to how "Mama Simon" = Mother of Simon, "Mama Mary" = Mother of Mary, etc).

As a sign of respect in Kenya, children often refer to adult women as "Mama X" where X is the name of one of her children (typically her eldest child). As such, the name Mama Panya suggests that this poor lady has a child named "Panya", a rat, which Kenyans consider one of the lowest/ nastiest animals. This makes the name "Panya" an unlikely name for anyone.

The author could certainly have selected a better name. I will not be purchasing this book despite the positive reviews it has received.
Adorable story!  Aug 7, 2007
I found this book when I was searching for a story from Kenya. I was putting together a unit on Kenya for third graders and came across this book and fell in love with it. The mother and son have a sweet relationship and the message of sharing and community come through in the end. Wonderful illustrations and several reference pages at the end of the story. Mama Panya's recipe for pancakes are in there too. I made them and passed them around for my presentation.

I loved this book and used it for my unit and plan on purchasing it for my classroom in the future. A wonderful story!!
Great book -- and we like the recipe too!  Jan 24, 2007
We had fun with this book -- my daughter thought the boy was just being "bratty" until we talked about how everyone contributed and how sharing led to more for everyone. Then she "got it", and now requests we read it often. The recipe for the pancakes is also easy and kids are able to help. Great book -- we also loved the illustrations -- some parts reminded us of life in Haiti which our Haitian-American kids loved.

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