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I LOST MY TOOTH IN AFRICA by Penda Diakité

I LOST MY TOOTH IN AFRICA

By Penda Diakité (Author) , Baba Wagué Diakité (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-439-66226-5
Publisher: Scholastic

Penda, the author, and Amina, the subject of her older sister’s book, are the children of the inventive Malian author/illustrator who has shared his culture through retellings of traditional folktales and creative ceramic-tile illustrations with distinctive borders. Now the father uses his art detailing village life in Mali to illustrate a story written by his elder daughter when she was eight. Instead of getting money from the Tooth Fairy, children in Mali get a chicken. Born in Portland, Ore., Amina loses her tooth on a vacation trip to Mali and gets two chickens, a hen and a rooster. When they begin to lay eggs, she hopes that she will see the baby chicks before she has to return home. Diakité includes a recipe for Malian onion sauce, mentioned in the text, a glossary and a goodnight song in Bambara, one of the languages used in Mali. The young author’s descriptions offer an amusing introduction to one African country, and an excellent way to encourage children to start writing their own family stories. (Picture book. 5-8)