A Counting Journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs, illustrated by Julia Cairns.
This is a charming counting book. Arusha, Mosi, Tunmpe and several of their Maasai friends go out onto the grasslands looking for animals. We learn the Swahili numbers and the names of the animals as we go along with them. Repetition, rhyme and rhythm give the text a musical flow. The pictures are beautifully balanced with vibrant colors and graceful portrayals of the children on the Serengeti. In the back of the book there is a map of Tanzania with information about the country, the animals and the Maasia. Pronunciation and meanings for the Swahili names and words are given as well. As we have just learned the Ngoza Saba for Kwanzaa Buddy Boy is interested in Swahili and was delighted with this book. It is a beautiful introduction to Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa. Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria, the Ngorongoro Crater, Olduvai Gorge and the Serengeti are all in Tanzania along with more than 100 distinct tribes of African peoples. I think this book will be appealing to very young children all the way up through middle grade students studying African nations.