Blue Brush Media
Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River by Kunle Oguneye is by its own subtitle "An African version of the Good Samaritan story." One day after getting hot after playing hide and seek, Harambe the hippo tells his pal Sikula the giant spider that they should go to the river for a drink of cool water. When they get there an old woman is upset because her laundry has fallen into the water and she is too weak to retrieve it. She begs the fish, an elephant, and stork to help her, but they all deny her any assistance. Finally, Skulu leaps on Harambe's back and they charge into the river and find the floating clothes and bring them back to the old woman. As a reward, she gives the hippo a lovely chitenge (cloak), and she gives the spider lovely bracelets for each of its legs. The two animals become the most admired walkers in the parade for the village's special holiday that week.
This little story shares a biblical lesson about sacrifice, compassion, and love. It is simply and effectively illustrated with colored pencil artwork by Bruce McCorkindale, displaying villagers, their huts and animals, and local vegetation. In the back of the book are informational supplemental pages featuring a glossary of African words, information about African ceremonies, geographical information about Zambia, and biology lessons about the key animals found in the story. Overall, this is a cute story written on a pre-school level that will be entertaining and edifying to youngsters.-- Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
This is the first in a series of adventures that follow Sikulu the spider and Harambe the Hippo as they travel to different countries in Africa. In this story, they are in the village of Sioma where they encounter an old woman in need of help. The other animals all have convenient excuses for not helping while Sikulu & Harambe are the only ones who do. Based on an actual folktale, it is a great story that reinforces the beauty of kindness to young children. The book also offers a glossary of terms and weaves information about Zambian culture into the story. Children and adults alike come away better informed about life in Zambia.