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Saturday, April 14, 2012

A-Z Challenge: J is for Jambo means Hello

Title: Jambo Means Hello

Author: Muriel Feelings

Illustrator: Tom Feelings

Publisher: Puffin; July 15, 1992

Topic/Theme: Alphabet, Africa, African Culture, Swahili Language

Ages: 3 and up

Opening: A  arusi is a wedding.

Jambo Means Hello is a fun alphabet that introduces basic Swahili vocabulary. The book gives a word in Swahili for each letter in the Swahili alphabet. The Swahili alphabet doesn't have the letters Q or X therefore only has 24 letters. Along with each word is a pronunciation key and a short paragraph telling a little bit about the word and its context in rural African society.

Swahili is spoken widely in eastern Africa, can you find and name the countries on this map? Lesson plan that includes a word quilt activity Listen to a Swahili Folktale. Learn about Kenya. Kenyan flag and map coloring page.

Why I like this book:
This is a book I used to read as a kid. I loved it. I memorized every word and considered myself fluent in Swahili! Lol Then when the Lion King came out I was thrilled that I knew a lot of the words. The illustrations are beautiful and reflect the word of the alphabet. Just a note though, the book focuses mostly on African rural and village life and traditions.  Nonetheless, this book is a wonderful introduction to Kenyan culture and language.


Heather said...

It sounds excellent. Thanks for spotlighting it and bringing it to other's attention. :)

Camila Maria said...

Great post! I used to read the book as well when I was younger. I'm doing a post now on going back to the motherland (read: Africa) for African Americans and writing about some of my first experiences learning about different African cultures. One of my first was with Swahili/Tanzanian culture.
Can I post a link to your blog in my post? I like the links you have so that people can continue learning about Swahili culture! (although my comp wont let me listen to the folktale! )

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Thank you for visiting Camila and yes, you may link back. I'm so glad you found the post useful and resourceful :)

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