Reviewed by Donnarae MacCanni
Jahohora and First Day is a creation myth and that is, in itself, something of value. Readers are indirectly asked to ponder why things are the way they are. Could things be different? Do I play a part in helping things become different? Jahohora and First Day is a narrative about a young girl and these are some of the questions that are unobtrusively implied.
The text is presented in three languages, English, German, and Otjiherero. The author, Mari Serebov, is the author of Mama Namibia and adopted daughter of the late Herero Paramount Chief Kuiama Riruako. Continue reading.
Jahohora by Mari Serebrov
Illustrator: Romeo Sinkala
Published by Wordweaver Publisher House on October 19th 2015
Genres: Africa, Animals, Fables
Reading Level: Grades 1-2
Review Source: Africa Access
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Publisher's synopsis: A tale within a tale, Jahohora and First Day retells the Herero creation story in English, German and Otjiherero. The first in a series of children s books taken from the childhood scenes in Mari Serebrov s historical novel Mama Namibia, it celebrates traditional Herero culture and family. Namibian artist Romeo Sinkala brings life to the words through his desert landscapes and depictions of all creation emerging from the sacred omumborombonga tree.