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

By Richard Chamberlin (Author), Mary Chamberlin (Author) & Julia Cairns (Illustrator)
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Item description for Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya by Richard Chamberlin, Mary Chamberlin & Julia Cairns...

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, Mary Chamberlin & Julia Cairns 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  

Availability  203 units.
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More About Richard Chamberlin, Mary Chamberlin & Julia Cairns

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Richard Chamberlin lives in the New Forest, England and first became interested in horses at the age of fourteen. He had been tasked to escort his sister to the local stables so she could ride at weekends. The gentleman who owned the establishment was of a very encouraging nature and planted the seed for a relationship with horses. This has lasted throughout Richards's life. Having joined the Army in 1972, he was posted to units where people owned polo ponies and eventers, so when time allowed Richard was there. In 1981 he married Bobbie and moved to the New Forest where their shared passion for horses soon had them back in the saddle. After several years competing, Richard met Portuguese horses master Joao Oliveira the son of the legendary Nuno Oliveira. Richard started to understand how training was structured, how riding was from the mind and body, not the hands and heels. Richard went on to perform many entertaining displays throughout the UK. His prowess enabled him to meet and ride with many of the greatest masters of European horsemanship. Considerable time was spent discussing the finer points with these eminent horsemen, which allowed him to appreciate how they approached training, and there personal techniques. A passion for understanding, led to many hours studying the great literary works available. Appreciating the history and the development of horse training, has allowed him to assist many in how to approach better training. Being able to explain movement by its historical development, allows for a clearer guidance in training. Richard is renowned for his way of clearly explaining how training and riding works. A logical process, linked with a psychological approach, allows all to understand. His calm nature shows how thought is the most powerful tool for the rider and education is imperative, leading riders to see there is no magical processes or amazing new methods, and that basic tack is best, with no need for gadgetry. The master's books were written for others of a similar disposition to follow; these works are hugely relevant to today's riders, but some find too daunting to be easily followed. Today's masters are writing works to help today's modern horse and rider. Richards's books are well structured, allowing easy understanding and structured so people can retain, or if necessary easily find the information needed. Richard has the idea that a book is better off in the tack room and used, than on the shelf at home gathering dust.

Richard Chamberlin was born in 1960.

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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

Reviews - What do customers think about Mama Panya's Pancakes?

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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