Mama Panya's Pancakes; A Village Tale From Kenya

Summary:

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? 


Parent Perspective:
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.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

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.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This story about friendship and sharing draws on a fable style of story telling.
Educational Themes:

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.

Reading Level:
3.8
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Purchase Recommendation:
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
Illustrators Julia Cairns
ISBN 1905236646
Material Hard Cover
Cost $7.99
Genres Fable | Folklore, Friendship
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