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Explores the people, landscapes, and means of travel in Kenya, through the travels of a young African girl named Mcheshi
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Text: English, SwahiliFrom School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Mcheshi and her Aunt Sada travel by bus, train, airplane, and boat from the girl's village near Nairobi to Lamu Island, in the Indian Ocean near the Somali border. The narrative is in the form of conversations between the woman and child, and mainly focuses on modes of transportation and what they see during their two-day journey. A simple map and a maze are appended. Originally published in Kenya, this bilingual title resembles a workbook. The large type is superimposed over the pictures and is sometimes difficult to see. The cartoonlike watercolor illustrations effectively convey the passage of time and space, and show the various racial, economic, and cultural groups that live in Kenya today. However, the dialogue and story line are undistinguished. This is not a particularly strong book, but it does provide a contemporary look at the country, without the stereotypes that mar so many other titles.
Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Siena College Library, Loudonville, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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