Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sikulu and Harambe - Children's Book Review and Giveaway

Via the website

Sikulu & Harambe by the Zambezi River
An African version of the Good Samaritan Story

Suggested retail price (U.S.): $14.99
ISBN-13: 978-0-9777382-4-3
Pub date: 07/2008
Type/format: Picture book / Hard Cover
Age range: 3 yrs - 8 yrs
Number of pages: 32
Size: 8.5” X 11”
Grade range: Preschool - Grade 3
Binding Type: Library
Author: Kunle Oguneye

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.

About the Author
Kunle Oguneye was born and raised in Nigeria. He has lived in the United States for the last thirteen years, spending the last four of those years in the Puget Sound Area. He left a career in technology in order to pursue his love for children’s story-telling.

My daughters loved this book, we read it over and over again. They had a lot of questions about, why were the names so funny sounding (which I was so pleased that the book shows pronunciation, so I could say them correctly). They also asked me how the lady in the story carried her basket on her head ? The quality of the book and the bright and colorful pictures are beautifully done. They really captured my children's attention.

As a mother and not only do I read to my children as much as possible, but I also encourage reading as much as possible in my home, I was also extremely pleased, to see that not only was I able to read this story to my children, but because there is a wonderful Glossary and more facts and information in the back, they were able to learn even more from this story than they usually do with a book.

I love books that are based on morals. What an awesome way to teach your children morals, without them even knowing :) In this book, there are even questions you can ask your children to make them think about the moral of the story even more.

This book also teaches about Africa - Zambia to be exact, There is a picture in the back of the book of the Zambia flag, and also a map of Africa that points out exactly where Zambia is located in Africa. - What an awesome way to also incorporate some Geography into this children's story.

I am very happy that my children enjoyed this book so much, as it is jammed pack with learning throughout. The Wonderful Story is just the beginning. It makes me feel good when they or I read a book that they love and I know as a mom they are learning too.

I would highly not only recommend this book for your children, but I recommend the entire series. My children are 9 (boy), 3 (girl), and even my 9month old baby(girl) kept her attention focused on the colorful pictures of this book.

After visiting the website, my daughter who is 3 now wants more books and also the cute stuffed main characters of the book.

Please visit and
HINT: On the one site, you can even view a video with the book for yourself to preview :)

I am giving away 1 copy of the book Sikulu & Harambe WITH the adorable stuffed SIKULU and HARAMBE !!!! ($34.95 value)

Here is how you can enter :

1. YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER to my blog, either by email or RSS FEED. (can click on my zebra at the top left of my blog to subscribe)
2. YOU MUST FOLLOW MY BLOG (click on FOLLOW to follow my blog)

1. Follow me on Twitter I am @plussizemommy (or you can just click my twitter bluebird to follow me)

2. Go to the and go to the reviews, and comment your personal review of the book (watch the video first)
Video -
Comment to me that you did this.

3. Comment and tell me what animals Sikulu and Harambe are ?

4. Comment and tell me anything you do with your children that teaches multiculturalism.

This giveaway begins immediately and will end at 7pm Eastern time on Thursday February 26th, 2009. Winner will be drawn using Winner will be contacted via email (so please make sure I have it) by Friday Feb. 27th and the winner will also be posted on this blog by Friday the 27th. Thank You for participating and GOOD LUCK !!!


annies home said...

twittered about the giveaway

annies home said...

follow on twitter and tweeted

noreen said...

spider and Hippo (my youngest loves anything Hippo and would just love this book and the stuffed animals1)

Annie1 said...

Harambe the Hippo and Sikulu the Spider!


Annie1 said...

I used to work for a non profit group the helped new Canadians from all over the world. As a result of my many years there, I became a member of many cultural associations...Greek, African, Hungarian, Philipino, Irish, Norwegian etc. and my kids have grown up going regularly to different events.


nape said...

Among other things, I take my kids every year to the annual "Multicultural Fair" at the university where I work.

KR said...

I teach kindergarten. We read tons of multicltural books and invite guest speakers to our classroom.

Unknown said...

I reviewed on the was a great story teaching them to help, overcome fears and teamwork.

Unknown said...

what I do with my children to teach multiculturalism. We visit childrens museums and check out the different areas on cultures. They are young sometimes it is just reading stories about different people.

windycindy said...

I am a happy subscriber to your site!
Many thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

Also, I am a fan/follower of your blog. Thanks for such a fun book giveaway drawing. Cindi

windycindy said...

I clicked on your Bluebird and now I follow you on Twitter. Many thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

Harambe is a Hippo and Sikulu is a Spider. Thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

My two sons have interracial cousins. That in and of itself is a great learning tool about acceptance of people of all race and cultures.
We also watch the PBS, Discovery and History Channels that help them to accept and appreciate diversity. Many thanks, Cindi

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your drawing. My Granson would love this book. I am a follower.