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EAST AFRICA

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Mark of the Lion

Mark of the Lion


by Suzanne Arruda

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Killer lions, hyenas, and African sorcerers are only a few of the problems that intrepid photojournalist Jade Del Cameron (what a name!) faces in the land of the man-eaters of Tsavo, the thrilling debut of the series, rich in history, mystery, travel and adventure. The series continues with five more books, marvelously set in Kenya. (EAF342, $15.00)

African Plains Coloring Book

African Plains Coloring Book


by Dianne Gaspas-Ettl

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 48 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

These 41 charming illustrations introduce diverse East African wildlife and habitats, from gamboling rock hyraxes to herds of hippo and zebras, roosting guineafowl and the aardvark. (EAF164, $4.99)

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain, A Nandi Tale


by Verna Aardema

  • LITERATURE
  • 1983
  • PAPER
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

One in a series of brightly illustrated, rhyming tales for young children set in Africa. (EAF360, $7.99)

Face to Face With Leopards

Face to Face With Leopards


by Dereck & Beverly Joubert

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • HARD COVER
  • 32 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

You're crouched in hiding, camera at the ready, waiting for one of nature's loners. It's dark. It's scary. The wildlife photographers introduce youngsters to the mysterious leopard -- and the thrill of their work in the African bush -- in this informative, easy-to-read book in the National Geographic series, which also includes Face to Face with Elephants (AFR221, $16.95) and Face to Face with Lions (BST115, $16.95). (BST139, $16.95)

Here Is the African Savanna

Here Is the African Savanna


by Madeleine Dunphy | Tom Leonard

  • SCIENCE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

Rhyming verse and colorful illustrations introduce young readers to the animals, habitat and ecosystem of the African savanna. (EAF186, $9.95)

How It Was With Dooms, A True Story from Africa

How It Was With Dooms, A True Story from Africa


by Xan Hopcraft

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 64 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

This moving story explores the love between a boy and his pet cheetah. A pleasure for ages 4-8. (EAF37, $18.99)

Jambo Means Hello, Swahili Alphabet Book

Jambo Means Hello, Swahili Alphabet Book


by Muriel Feelings | Tom Feelings

  • LANGUAGE & PHRASEBOOKS
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 56 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

Young travelers and their parents will delight in this memorably illustrated introduction to the people and culture of East Africa, which presents a word, with its English translation, for each of the 24 letters in the Swahili alphabet. (EAF100, $6.99)

Lala Salama, A Tanzanian Lullaby


by Patricia MacLachlan

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 40 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

In this sweet, bilingual book (in English and Swahili) a young Masai boy leads his flock of goats, singing Lala Salama, an African lullaby, to the animals he encounters as he walks home. (EAF381, $16.99)

Me... Jane

Me... Jane


by Patrick McDonnell

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 40 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

Written with the cooperation of the great naturalist, young Jane Goodall's formative years are re-imagined in this captivating picture book by Patrick McDonnell. Dreams, as it turns our, do come true; the book end with a photograph of the adult Goodall in the field. (EAF385, $16.00)

Moja Means One, Swahili Counting Book

Moja Means One, Swahili Counting Book


by Muriel Feelings | Tom Feelings

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1992
  • PAPER
  • 56 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

Tom provides richly detailed illustrations to accompany Muriel's presentation of the numbers one to ten in Swahili. Intended for children ages 4-8, this Caldecott Honor book is packed with the sights and sounds of East Africa. (EAF99, $6.99)

Serengeti Journey, On Safari in Africa

Serengeti Journey, On Safari in Africa


by Gare Thompson

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2006
  • HARD COVER
  • 48 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

A fun and informative overview of the Serengeti and its wildlife for readers ages 4 to 8. (EAF150, $17.90)

Wangari's Trees of Peace, A True Story from Africa

Wangari's Trees of Peace, A True Story from Africa


by Jeanette Winter

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 32 PAGES
  • YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)

An illustrated biography of Wangari Mathaai, founder of the Kenyan Green Belt Movement and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Kenya. (EAF188, $17.00)

African Wildlife Trivia

African Wildlife Trivia


by Dawid van Lill

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

Full of facts and fun, this primer on the insects, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds of Africa contains eye-catching illustrations and information on African geography--a great introduction for kids and their parents. (AFR227, $12.95)

Ashanti to Zulu, African Traditions

Ashanti to Zulu, African Traditions


by Leo Dillon | Diane Dillon | Margaret Musgrove

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1976
  • PAPER
  • 32 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

A full-color introduction to 26 different African cultures, arranged from A to Z. Intended for kids ages 9-12, this classic won the Dillons their second Caldecott Medal for best illustration in a children's book. (AFR73, $6.99)

Eyewitness Elephant

Eyewitness Elephant


by Ian Redmond | Dave King

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2000
  • HARD COVER
  • 63 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

With plenty of background on the natural history of the elephant, including description of its behavior and social habits. (BST44, $16.99)

Listening For Lions

Listening For Lions


by Gloria Whelan

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 194 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

Plucked from her life among the Maasai and Kikuyu people in East Africa after the Great War, young Rachel fights for her family and the life she had in rural Africa in this absorbing novel for middle schoolers. (EAF179, $6.99)

My Life with the Chimpanzees

My Life with the Chimpanzees


by Jane Goodall

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 156 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

Goodall recounts with affection her childhood dream of working with animals, her first trip to Africa as a young woman and her now decades-long work at Gombe Stream Reserve in Tanzania in this account of her life for kids ages 9-12. Includes Goodall's own photographs. (EAF343, $7.99)

The Place of Lions

The Place of Lions


by Eric Campbell

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

Stranded on the Serengeti after a plane crash, 14-year old Chris goes for help -- and befriends an aging lion along the way -- in this young adult thriller. With a glossary of Kiswahaili words and a strong sense of both the culture and landscapes of East Africa. (EAF168, $13.95)

Going Solo

Going Solo


by Roald Dahl

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 224 PAGES
  • YOUNG ADULTS

With its large print and album-like photographs, both young and old will delight in Dahl's recollections of his adventures as a WWII-era Royal Air Force pilot in Tanzania and Greece. (EAF78, $6.99)

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales


by Nelson Mandela

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A team of folklorists, poets and authors present these wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated tales from all over the continent, including many traditional stories from Nelson Mandela's youth. (AFR135, $17.99)

 

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