Day 21: 🇨🇮 Akissi: Tales of Mischief

The world of Akissi, beautifully illustrated by M. Sapin. Observations: My lovely friend, Louise introduced me to the wonderful world of graphic novels, specifically in French. We met when we both lived in Chile, she is from Paris and I am from London, but Spanish is our common language. Each time she visited me in … Continue reading Day 21: 🇨🇮 Akissi: Tales of Mischief

#WorldKidLitWednesday: Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

Who doesn’t love a delicious chocolate cake for their birthday? In this picture book aimed at children ages 4-7, a young girl is making a celebration cake with her father while her mother is out on a special errand. As the pair measure and mix the ingredients, she asks her father to tell her again … Continue reading #WorldKidLitWednesday: Grandpa Cacao: A Tale of Chocolate, from Farm to Family

Between the Naked Water and the Flower of the Iroko: A book review of My Country Tonight by Josué Guébo

Guébo’s verse in My Country, Tonight (Mon Pays Ce Soir) often refers to the Iroko, a tree that withstands brush-fire and cannot be razed, because of its deep and study roots. Iroko: the name of the tree is also the name of a guardian-deity, or ancestor-spirit worshiped in West-African traditional religions — the native religions that Guébo insists have … Continue reading Between the Naked Water and the Flower of the Iroko: A book review of My Country Tonight by Josué Guébo