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.



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This is a new site, that I decided to add to my blog.  As a former teacher of 32 years, I developed an interest in children’s literature.  I have some favorites that I would like to share with parents & their children that might wander onto this site.  Grandparents can find suitable selections for gifts. I consider the illustrations & what I call packaging in my choices.  I was the church librarian for 18 years.  Where there were 2 copies of a book, one moved more than others.  Bright, colorful illustrations with similar book covers were chosen over the dull older copy with black & white illustrations.  So we are looking for eyecatching bright colored illustrations for the younger child, as well as age appropriate subjects. Print size is important, too.  In today’s world, we try to advance ideas, culture, games, etc. way beyond our children’s years.  Age appropriate is stated on things for a reason.  We don’t buy a toy, that is not age appropriate to a child, as frustration & anger soon occurs. The same is true with a book.  Chapter books are great once a child has developed an independence in reading, as they don’t rely on pictures so much.  But reading aloud books to young children is what I will concentrate on now, as well as easy to read books, that beginning readers can enjoy with a little help. Subjects that interest children will also encourage interest in reading.  But most of all it should be a quiet fun time for both of you, such as bedtime.                         

The first book that I would like to suggest is a collections of books written by Suzanne Tate & illustrated by James Melvin.  It is a nature series that introduces young children to animals & their habitats in a marine environment.  First graders could soon read these nicely illustrated, large print paperback books by themselves.  I got them on the internet (One being, but you can also buy them in a good bookstore or Environmental Society’s Book Store. The subject might be HARRY HORSESHOE CRAB, SALTY SEAGULL, OR MARY MANATEE.


My selection that I want to bring to your attention is TAMMY TURTLE.  It is a Tale of Saving Sea Turtles.  It begins with Loggerhead Turtle eggs being hatched on SC beaches & their journey back to the sea.  A lot of information/ facts are developed in the easy to read story.  You will want the collection!  Children are naturally interested in their surroundings.  It is up to us to nurture their natural curiosity, & not abandon it to the electronic age.  The love of reading has to be nurtured & encouraged.  Parents reading themselves set the best example!