Storytellers, in particular, might want to take note of Janice N. Harrington’s new picture book, Busy-Busy Little Chick, illustrated by Brian Pinkney. As she explains below, Harrington’s story of easily distracted Mama Nsoso and her helpful baby chick is based on a fable told by the Nkundo people of Central Africa.
With rhythm and grace, Harrington—a poet, storyteller and former children’s librarian—weaves an entertaining tale, which begs to be read aloud, buoyed by Pinkney’s brightly colored, energetic watercolor and ink illustrations.
I interrupted their storytelling and painting today to chat briefly about the book ...
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