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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

August 2011



Bulu: African Wonder Dog

Bulu: African Wonder Dog

by Dick Houston

J 636.7 HOUST

A wonderful story about a Jack Russell terrier. Bulu becomes the surrogate parent for many an orphaned animal found by a couple who have left the comforts of England to live in the African bush.





The White Giraffe

The White Giraffe

by Lauren St. John



11-year-old Martine is forced to move to South Africa to live on a wildlife reserve with a grandmother she's never met. Martine is intrigued by rumors that an elusive white giraffe resides on the grounds of the reserve; a local legend holds that the child who is able to ride a white giraffe will have power over all the animals. But is the giraffe real, or just a myth?







Wangari's Trees of Peace

Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter

J 333.72 MAATH


When Wangari returns to her homeland of Kenya after studying in America, she is upset to discover that thousands of trees have been cut down to make new buildings-- and no one is planting new trees to take their place. She sets out to replant trees, and convinces the village women to help her. Eventually her movement spreads across the country. This is the true story of Wangari Maathai, who helped Kenya regain millions of trees, and who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her efforts.






Jamela's Dress

Jamela's Dress

written and illustrated by Niki Daly


When Jamela's mama buys some beautiful material for a dress for Thelma's wedding, Jamela can't resist parading it through the streets of the township and pretending she is an African queen. But when the material becomes torn and dirty, Mama is justifiably angry. Will there be a happy ending for Jamela? This is the first in a series of picture books about a young girl growing up in South Africa. If you like Jamela's Dress, try A Song for Jamela, What's Cooking, Jamela?, and Where's Jamela?






Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa

Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa: and Other Talking Drum Rhymes

by Uzo Unobagha, illustrated by Julia Cairns



Inspired by traditional Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes, this book is a collection of more than fifty poems depicting the people, animals and culture of Africa. "Round and round the mango tree, who did run but little me" is one such rhyme. Children will enjoy not only the poems, but the beautifully detailed illustrations, which can resemble African fabric.







Bury My Bones But Keep My Words

Bury My Bones But Keep My Words: African Tales for Retelling

retold by Tony Fairman, illustrated by Meshack Asare

J 398.2 FAIRM

These 13 tales from around Africa are eerie, funny, and magical. Side comments made by the narrator and involved listeners prove to be as entertaining as the myths. Even the most reluctant readers will not fail to be intrigued. For all ages.






Tree of Life


Tree of Life: The World of the African Baobab

by Barbara Bash

J 577.48 BASH

This is a beautiful story of the life cycle of the Baobab tree in the African savannah and the creatures that depend on it.




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