Saturday, October 17, 2009

On the Way to School

After reading My Name is Sangoel, I requested another book written and illustrated by Catherine Stock.

Where Are You Going, Manyoni? is gorgeous. The illustrations show Manyoni's long walk to school against the backdrop of the Limpopo River in Zimbabwe. Ms. Stock lived and painted there and all the animals, except the leopard, are sketched from life. I love how little Manyoni is in some of the pictures, completely dwarfed by the beauty of the landscape. Without showing a single minute of the school day, Ms. Stock has given us tremendous insight into education in Africa: how far children sometimes travel for school, what value is must hold to each student and the family, the games children play together.

Other things to love about the book: a list at the back with pronunciations and two pages showing the animals shown in the pictures along with their names. It's a delight to return to the pages and seek out each kind of animal.

Really, you must find a copy of this book to share with your children!


  1. I'll have to check this one out. It sounds like something Amanda would enjoy. Thanks for the review!

  2. Let me know what she thinks of it!


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