My children received gifts in the mail this week, sent from my sister Christine. They each received their own copy of this hardcover picture book:
It is a very sweet story about "a day in the life" of a Kalenjin boy growing up in a traditional village (Kalenjin is one of Kenya's 46 tribes). The day it describes doesn't mirror a day in the life of our children, but the pictures are spot-on, the bits of Swahili dialogue are authentic, and it captures the "real" Kenya quite well. Grace and Noah aren't Kenyan, but they were born in Kenya and it is their home. Grace already loves the story (we've read it five times since yesterday; her favorite pictures is the one of a dung-beetle because it reminds her of a special memory she has with my dad) and I like that our kids will always have this special book about the country of their birth. Very cool.
Thank you, Auntie Tine!