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Monday, March 2, 2009

An African Version of the Good Samaritan Story

You should all know by now the love my girls have for reading and books. We also love to give them a variety of different cultures and things when introducing them to things, so when I had the opportunity to review an African story called Sikulu & Harambe: By the Zambezi River we were thrilled.

The book is the first in a series of adventures which follow a spider named Sikulu and a hippo named Harambe. The story is about kindness and the ability to help one another when in need. Sikulu & Harambe help an old woman who loses her clothing in the river, and while the other animals in the village have too many excuses as to why they can’t help her, Sikulu & Harambe find a way to do it on their own.

We did find the story a little difficult to read as the names and some terms are African, but the book gives you a great glossary of the terms and even how to pronounce some of the words as well.

The girls and I really enjoyed the illustrations as they were bright and colorful; they also loved the animals in the book as well. I can see this being a favorite series of books in our household in no time. If you check out the website at you can learn more about the books as well as play some fun games, watch some videos and try out some trivia. You can also purchase Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi River: An African version of the Good Samaritan Story on

Thanks to: Parent Reviewers

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