When Africa Was Home

Karen L. Williams, Author, Floyd Cooper, Illustrator, Floyd Cooper, Photographer Orchard Books (NY) $15.95 (1p) ISBN 978-0-531-05925-8
When Africa was Peter's home, he slid down anthills and chased chickens with his friends--including Yekha, the daughter of his mayi --nanny. When his father's work in Africa is finished and the family returns to America, Peter finds that everything about his new, urban lifestyle is alien to him--and very unappealing. At last Peter and his parents are able to return to Africa, and Yekha welcomes her happy friend home. Williams, author of Galimoto , lived in Africa for several years and obviously has strong emotional ties to that land and its people. This lends a warmth and credibility to her story, told with a gentle, soothing cadence. The cherubic Peter is intermittently brought in and out of focus in Cooper's affecting oil wash paintings, filled with muted color and a frequently radiant light. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 03/04/1991
Release date: 03/01/1991
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12570-3
Prebound-Other - 32 pages - 978-0-7857-3461-1
Library Binding - 1 pages - 978-0-531-08525-7
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