Mama Panya's Pancakes; A Village Tale From Kenya
Mama Panya and Adika (her son) are heading to the market. Adika is very happy when he learns that Mama is using her two coins to make pancakes. He's so happy, he invites everyone to his house to eat them. He promises Mama they can stretch the flour. But Mama is worried if they use all the flour to feed their friends, what will they eat later?
This is a beautiful story. Although the story is set in Kenya, it has a universal theme of community. The author does a great job conveying both Adika's excitement and Mama's worries. An evening's dinner becomes a community feast, which adds to the fun. The illustrations are wonderful. The pages are bright and filled with lots of colors, ultimately engaging the listener/reader in the excitement.
A fun story and happy child will draw readers into this colorful picture book. As an added bonus, you'll experience a typical day in rural Kenya.
This story about friendship and sharing draws on a fable style of story telling.
This is a nice book to teaching young children about places they aren't likely to know about. There are plenty of details in the story, and they are complemented with more facts in the back. It is also a nice example of the folktale genre.
8 to 10
4 to 8
Borrow, at least. This is an excellent story, well worth reading. It should be in every elementary school library.
|Title||Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya|
|Author||Mary Chamberlin, Rich Chamberlin|
|Publisher||Barefoot Books © 2006|
|Genres||Fable | Folklore, Friendship|