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. Volume XVI Number 12. . . .November 20, 2009
If the only reason that you buy this book is to support the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), it will be money well spent. (A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book go to SLF to support the community-based organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, grandmothers, orphans and people living with HIV and AIDS.)
The good news, however, is that this is a lovely story which will educate the reader about the early life of the Burchell’s zebra.
Born on the southern plains of Tanzania, Osemo learns to identify his mother’s distinctive pattern of stripes as he grazes on the grasslands during the annual migration of the herd west and north following the rain pattern.
Carefully woven into this story are many factual details. At the end of the book are three pages of “Facts about zebras” and a map showing the migration route.
Beautifully illustrated in mixed media by the author, all of the drawings are done with Berol Prismacolor pencils and pen and ink. The wood grain from the illustrator’s work table, a reclaimed wooden door mounted on a quilting frame, gives many of the drawings their texture. Three of the illustrations, the laughing zebras, Osemo in the river and the map at the back of the book, were done with water colours, pencil crayons and black fine tipped markers. Tea was used to give the map its sienna colour, and Crayola markers were used to outline the borders and the bodies of water.
The layout of the book is also very attractive. The left-hand page is usually a colourful illustration supporting the storyline. The right-hand page contains the text in two sections – a black on white main section which begins the story, and a coloured sidebar portion which continues the story.
Enjoy the story, the illustrations, the research material, and the fact that your purchase is supporting a worthy cause.
Suzanne Pierson is a retired teacher-librarian, currently instructing librarianship courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.
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