CM . . .
. Volume XIV Number 20 . . . . May 30, 2008
Though both Maria’s Wish and Peter’s Wish were written for an African market, specifically Tanzania, their contents have applications to the Canadian curriculum, especially for purposes of international comparisons. The pair of books utilize a young person as the narrator, and Maria and Peter are each deeply concerned about an aspect of conservation in their country. In both cases, they and their families are part of the solution. Maria and her family are being impacted by the rampant destruction of Tanzania’s forests which have been, and are being, cut down to create areas for farming as well as for providing cooking fuel and lumber for building houses. River flows have been significantly impacted by the deforestation, a situation which could lead to large areas becoming deserts. Through their role in the village’s tree nursery, Maria and her family contribute to local attempts at reforestation. Maria’s wish?
Ten-year-old Peter also has a wish that is related to the environment.
Peter’s father, Genda James Baya, is a village game scout on an anti-poaching team. Although Tanzania has created parks and wildlife areas to protect large game animals from being indiscriminately hunted by foreign trophy hunters, the numbers of these protected animals are still being significantly reduced by poachers who sell the bushmeat to locals while also selling the horns, tusks and skins to purchasers outside the country. Peter’s Wish shows how the anti-poaching teams work at reducing this illegal hunting.
Both books are illustrated by Knowles’s full-colour photographs which occupy one page of each pair of facing pages. An introductory map indicates the location of Tanzania in Africa.
Dave Jenkinson, who lives in Winnipeg, MB, is CM’s editor.
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