THE CHILDREN’S CORNER

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MASTER WEAVER FROM GHANA

 

 

by Authors  Gilbert Ahiagble, Louise Meyer , Illustrator Nestor Hernandez

This book won the 1999 Best Book for Young Children by African Studies Association

Bobbo is a traditional weaver from Ghana, where his ancestors have been weavers for generations. His young son, Kweku, learns from him, just as Bobbo learned from his father. Through Kweku’s eyes, we see family and community life in the small fishing village of Denu. Kweku learns that in life, just as in weaving, “one thread is weak, while threads woven together are strong.” Magnificent full color photographs.

From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-A first-rate look at an art form that has been a livelihood in this African nation for hundreds of years. Information on Ahiagble and his family, featured in the book, with details about their lifestyle and the history and technique of strip weaving by the Ewe people, are clearly presented through text and full-color photographs. The authors convey a marvelous feeling for the life and culture of these Ghanaians. Useful suggestions for further reading and a glossary conclude the volume.
Alice DiNizo, Plainfield Public Schools, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

One quote from this story is, “Their lives are woven together like threads, on a loom.”  Their cloth of strip weaving are called wrappers.  This cloth is never cut, but are used as a whole piece of clothing on special occasions.  Sometimes used as a skirt, or to lay over shoulders.  Other times to drape around mother to carry baby.  Wonderful photographs, illustrations, etc.  Asamoah’s children will enjoy the book.