Inspired by the author’s working experience in Mali, this picture book depicts the touching relationship between a mother and her toddler. The story, told from the child’s perspective strapped to her mother’s back, takes the two through a typical day of the work of an African woman. The little girl learns how to grind grain, carry water and shop in the market simply by observing her mother’s activities.
Gabrielle Emanuel’s first picture book grew from her desire to write stories for African children that display their own country and culture. The importance of the mother-child bond that Emanuel presents demonstrates the affection a mother has for her baby, as well as the powerful role she plays as primary educator. E. B. Lewis’s watercolor illustrations fill the book with earth tones and lively hues that reflect the warmth of the sun and a mother’s heart.
A former teacher, Jennifer Minicus is a full-time wife and mother living in Ridgewood, NJ.