LALA SALAMA by Hannah Heritage Bozylinsky


An African Lullaby
Age Range: 3 - 7
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 As the sun goes down, a Masai herdboy says good night to many different wild animals, thereby creating a gentle lullaby that's given here in both Swahili and English: ``Lala salama/Twiga/Mwewe'' (``Peace, sleep well/Giraffe/Hawk'')...``Ndege/Kifaru!/Lala salama'' (``Birds/Rhinoceros!/Peace, sleep well''). In Bozylinsky's serene illustrations, bordered with a band of warm cocoa brown, the forms are drawn with an expressive simplicity that recalls Tafuri's art; as the sky deepens from pale gold to peach, dusty rose, and a rich crepuscular blue, the child and his goats and cattle return to their hut, where he says, ``Lala salama'' to Mama before they all fall peacefully asleep together. A lovely, useful book, with a brief note on the Masai and a pronunciation key for the 21 Swahili words. . (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 21st, 1993
ISBN: 0-399-22022-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Philomel
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993