Jambo Means Hello: Muriel Feelings


Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book

Author: Muriel Feelings
Illustrator: Tom Feelings
Publisher: Puffin Pied Piper
Publication Year: 1974
Brief Summary: In this alphabet book, children learn about African culture and daily life through Swahili words.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Social Studies: Africa — show students (or have them show) on the map where Africa is.  Find countries where Swahili is spoken.  Discuss different aspects of African culture/daily life as discussed in the book.
  • Language Arts: Students make their own ABC book — work individually?  pairs?  groups? — about their city/town/state/country.
  • Read a state ABC book if available (for example, T is for Tennessee by E. J. Sullivan).  Talk about the culture/daily life discussed in the book.  How is it different from Jambo Means Hello?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Editor’s note about how art was made for the book.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library


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