Normally, I review nonfiction picture books, and I have a fantastic one on order. I hope I’ll have it in time for next week. In the meantime, the brightly colored cover of this historical fiction caught my eye at the library.
TITLE: A Good Trade
AUTHOR: Alma Fullteron
ILLUSTRATOR: Karen Patkau
PUBLICATION INFO: Pajama Press, March 15, 2013
INTENDED AUDIENCE: ages 5 – 8
GENRE: historical fiction
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“In a small Ugandan garden, a single poppy blooms white in a sea of green.”
This quiet story follows a Ugandan boy as he pumps a day’s supply of water at the village well. Although the day starts ordinarily enough, this day is special. The aid workers’ truck has come with a gift.
THEMES/TOPICS: culture, gratitude, geographic
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: Patkau’s bright illustrations originally caught my eye. I grabbed this lyrical book to teach my children about a corner of the world they have no other way to experience. Fullerton shows life in this war-torn part of the world in an age-appropriate way.
- I think the best activity would be to grab a nonfiction book about the country to learn more. There were plenty on my library’s shelves. You could also go online to learn more at sites like TIME for Kids, which depicts a day in the life of another Ugandan child, Racheal.
- Using Kato’s day and Racheal’s day, map your day. Draw a picture or write what you do in the morning, afternoon and evening. How is your day the same as Racheal’s and Kato’s? How is your day different?
- Play a Ugandan children’s game. Send A Cow has a list …. here.
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