Item description for Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River: An African version of the Good Samaritan Story by Kunle Oguneye...
Overview When an old woman's wash floats away in the Zambezi river, the fish, stork, and elephant do not help her, but Sikulu the spider and Harambe the hippopotamus come to her aid and she rewards them with lavish gifts.
Publishers Description This is the first in a series of adventures that follow Sikulu the spider and Harambe the Hippo as they travel to different countries in Africa. In this story, they are in the village of Sioma where they encounter an old woman in need of help. The other animals all have convenient excuses for not helping while Sikulu & Harambe are the only ones who do. Based on an actual folktale, it is a great story that reinforces the beauty of kindness to young children. The book also offers a glossary of terms and weaves information about Zambian culture into the story. Children and adults alike come away better informed about life in Zambia.
Awards and Recognitions Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River: An African version of the Good Samaritan Story by Kunle Oguneye has received the following awards and recognitions -
Benjamin Franklin Award - 2009 Finalist - Cover Design-Child & Y/A category
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Studio: Blue Brush Media
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher NEWLIFE BOOK DISTRIBUTORS
ISBN 0977738248 ISBN13 9780977738243
Availability 0 units.
More About Kunle Oguneye
Kunle Oguneye was born and raised in Nigeria. He has lived in the United Statefor the last thirteen years, spending the last four of those years in the PugeSound Area. He left a career in technology in order to pursue his love fochildren?'s story-telling.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River: An African version of the Good Samaritan Story?
Bridget's Review Oct 31, 2009
Sikuli the spider and Harambe the hippo take a trip around Africa. They see a woman who needs help and Sikuli and Harambe are the only ones willing to help her. This is a wonderful story that teaches children to be helpful to others. My nephew enjoyed it a lot.
Entertainingly informative. Sep 26, 2009
This is a wonderfully entertaining book that teaches children the value of kindness even when it may be inconvenient to be kind. As a Mom, a lover of children and an African, I love that it imparts positive values and reinforces values that are, frighteningly, being eroded by selfishness and a quest for material things. I have given every niece and nephew this book (along with the soft toys for the younger ones) and intend to give it to as many children as possible!!!! We are looking forward to many more adventures of Sikulu & Harambe, and can barely wait for them to travel through Nigeria :-)
Entertaining and Educational Feb 7, 2009
All 3 of my children LOVE this book (ages 1,3,and 4). It's never too early to start instilling the values that this story teaches. They love the illustrations and ask a lot of questions. It is a good way to start a discussion about kindness and compassion. From the day we got it, they have insisted on reading it over and over. We have 2 overflowing bookshelves, and they always manage to know just where it is.
A Cultural Delight! Dec 16, 2008
What a beautifully illustrated book of a local village in Zambia for children of all ages! I especially enjoyed the glossary at the end of the book, learning about Zambia, the local animals, the Ku-omboka Ceremony and the local culture. The Sikulu.com website is also a MUST visit, it has games, videos, trivia and most importantly, an audio version of the book with the delightful author's accent. It makes you feel like you're in Zambia!
This book is not only about a Good Samaritan story, it also teaches us about Zambia! I can't wait for the next Sikulu & Harambe adventure!
Great way to keep connected with our heritage and values Dec 10, 2008
My family grew up in Zimbabwe but my brother's kids have never been to Africa so I bought them the Sikulu and Harambe book and toys to give them a taste of Africa. They've had the book read to them every night since I gave it to them at Thanksgiving, and they have a neat sharing "deal" with the toys: my nephew owns Sikulu (he calls it Sikuya!) and my niece owns Harambe, but they designate times when they swap for a while so that they each have time with the other toy. What a great way to reinforce the compassionate values the book promotes!