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:
- Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children”s Literature, 1974′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Illustration’ ‘ United States’
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1975′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ‘
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
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