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Book Review: Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River: An African version of the Good Samaritan Story

by Briana on February 19, 2009 · 1 comment

Sikulu and Harambe, a book written by Kunle Oguneye, is the African version of the Good Samaritan story.  A USA Book News Award Finalist, this book tells the tale of a old woman who is need of help. The fish, the stork, and the elephant all have excuses for not helping her. Haven’t we all found excuses not to help others? Sikulu the spider and Harambe the hippo are the only ones to help her even though they could have used their own excuses. In the end, they are rewarded with beautiful clothing and jewelry from the old woman, who unknown to everyone has magical powers. In addition to learning a great moral story about helping other out, children also have the opportunity to explore Zambia through this book. As a parent, I love that it has the pronunciation of some of the unfamiliar words in the story. At the end of the book, there is a glossary of words names, and place as well as facts about Zambia. Kids will love the illustrations and fun story. Sikulu and Harambe retails for $14.99.  This is the first in a series  by Kunle Oguneye in which you can follow Sikulu and Harambe to different countries in Africa. Be sure to visit sikulu.com for games, more reviews, and to purchase books and other Sikulu related items. Thanks to the Parent Reviewers for the opportunity to review this book.

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