This story offers an accurate depiction of the Benin culture and a reviewer on Amazon even stated that she had lived in Benin for 2 years and found the illustrations, culture and values to be extremely accurate.
Guided Reading: L
Themes: family, community, African culture, responsibility
Teachers... here are some resources to help you to use this book in your classroom.
- Scholastic Extensions: This Scholastic page offers some discussion questions as well as ideas for connecting this story to and teaching about writing thank you notes.
- Lesson: This link will bring you to a word document that offers a lesson plan to go along with the story.
- SlideShare: This link will take you to a slideshare presentation for a lesson using this story. The lesson focuses on responsibility and good citizens and therefore offers a nice Social Studies connection.
- Ask students what they think the African proverb "It takes a village to raise a child" means.
- Take a picture walk and ask students to share what they see that seems different or the same from their town.
- Read the story a first time without showing the pictures. As you read have students tell about the movie in their head or draw a picture showing what they are visualizing. Then read the story showing the pictures.
- At the beginning of the story, show students Benin via Google Earth or use this link for students to learn facts about Benin. This could also be done before/after reading.
- Right after Yumi's brother wanders off, ask students to make a prediction about what Yumi might do and what might happen to her brother.
- Discussion Questions
- How is the setting different from your community?
- How would you feel if you lost your sibling in public?
- How do you think Yumi was feeling when she lost her brother? How do you know?
- Do you think Yumi made the right choice when she went searching on her own for her brother? Why or why not?
- Create a Venn Diagram comparing your town and Benin
Use the slideshare link to help you create a lesson about community, responsibility and good citizens.