Books by Julia Cairns

THE GIRL WHO MARRIED A GHOST by Ifeoma Onyefulu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Aesop doesn't have all the answers. (Folklore. 8-12)"
There once was a children's-book author named Ifeoma who lived in London with her two sons. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"With a recipe for spicy pancakes, information about local animals and village life in Kenya, some general facts and a map, this story will be a welcome addition to a school unit as well as traditional storytime. (Picture book. 6-8)"
There is a timeless quality to this contemporary story about a Kenyan boy and his mother stretching their food to feed all their friends. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Further information about the Maasai, Tanzania, the ten children's Swahili names, and the equal number of wild creatures met along the way close this brilliant, horizon-expanding outing. (map, counting pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a fresh, bright successor to Tom Feelings's classic Moja Means One (1971), Krebs (The Beeman, 2002) and Cairns (The Spider Weaver, 2001, etc.) team up to invite readers to tour the Serengeti with a group of young Maasai, counting animals in English and Swahili as they go. Read full book review >
THE SPIDER WEAVER by Margaret Musgrove
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Like kente cloth itself, this will have a powerful visual impact on all who see it, and Musgrove adds value to her simply told narrative with a concluding discussion of her sources and the significance of the cloth's various patterns. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
In her first book for children since Ashanti to Zulu (1976, a Caldecott winner for illustrators Leo and Diane Dillon), Musgrove retells a beguiling Ashanti tale about the origin of kente cloth. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Glossary. (Poetry. 5-7)"
Inspired by Mother Goose but looking to cultural traditions closer to her own, Nigeria-born Unobagha offers dozens of original short rhymes incorporating West African sights, sounds, wildlife, and customs. Read full book review >