Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews
A young boy and his jjajja share memories and wishes in this tender tale set in Uganda.
Have you ever wished to “ride a supernova straight to Mars” or travel to the spice markets of Zanzibar or ride a crane to a large feast? This young Ugandan protagonist awakes from these very dreams to dark clouds and rain. The boy and his grandfather spend the day doing such chores as packing peas, clearing wet bamboo leaves from the veranda, and cleaning the tilapia for a fish stew. With every task, Jjajja shares stories: about a childhood friend and fishing trips with his father. And after dinner, Jjajja shares his love of books filled with beloved tales of African kingdoms. Unfolding in rhyme, Isdahl’s tale amply demonstrates how sharing stories can make even a rainy day full of chores an adventure. Van Doorn’s illustrations capture the story in muted grays, browns, and blues. The stylized typeface gives a touch of texture, and the characters look almost like stick figures with their round heads and thin limbs. Details include a small white dog who joins in each activity with understated whimsy. Continue reading.
Sing to the Moon by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl
Published by Lantana Publishing on 2018
Genres: Africa, Family, Poetry
Reading Level: Grade K, Grades 1-2
Review Source: Kirkus Reviews
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Publisher's Synopsis: For one little Ugandan boy, no wish is too big. First he dreams of reaching the stars and then of riding a supernova straight to Mars. But on a rainy day at his grandfather's house, he is brought down to earth with a bump. Do adventures only happen in galaxies far away or can he find magic a little closer to home? A touching story of a grandfather's love for his grandson and the quiet pleasures of a rainy day.