| Introduce your readers to a 21st century multi-cultural family. Spark curiosity about a language and culture of an earlier place and time. Meet a convention-bucking Grandmother whose playful antics charm children into the kind of stillness that fosters creativity. A perfect tool for instilling the joy of being in relationship with a book.
Join Grandmother at the kiddie table. See how she mentors her multi-ethnic brood. Stunning watercolors take you into an extended family's holiday filled with the magic that happens when generations come together. Discover the beauty of a native African dialect while being inspired by this unconventional Grandmother with her alligator (or is it a crocodile?) bench!
- Watercolors that weave a story
- Learn the power of being still
- A multicultural gem
- Two complete books in one -- experience in English and Swahili
Follow the purple cloud through a tale of children whose lives are enriched by a beloved matriarch using storytelling to teach of celebration, tolerance and the discovery of one's own creative spirit.
A bordered blank space in the
center of this title serves as a window toward healing for those who
tell their own story!
Wendy Wakefield Ferrin, M.S.
Gifted Education consultant, past president of the Tennessee Association for the Gifted, Founder of The Sope Project (www.sope.net). Her professional experience includes extensive non-traditional program development for parents, schools, colleges and organizations dealing with the needs of gifted children.
Beverly Ashley Broyles, M.S.
Art Education, art museum Curator of Education, began illustrating children's books more than 20 years ago.
Published poet, native Kenyan, currently studying at the University of Tennessee.
Hardcover, Dust jacket
64 pages, four-color, all ages, English/Swahili
Would that I could become such a Grandmother! Her direction for visioning is appropriate for children of all ages and her kiddie pool full of noodles is a hoot!
K. Pounder, Flint, MI
Grandmother's Alligator invites children to experience a story in two languages and seeks to help them find their own stories while looking to their elders for time-honored tales that entertain and educate far better than television could ever do.
M. Davis, staff writer, Knoxville News-Sentinel
I find the use of English and Swahili, an African language, in the same children’s book to be creative and unique. I enjoyed the book and the graphic arts, and I was fascinated by Wendy, the author, who left blank pages for children to freely wander their imaginations through drawings and writings.
Dr. Amadou Sall, Prof of African Studies, UT-Knoxville