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Somewhere in Africa

3.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  20 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Ashraf lives in a big, bustling city with skyscrapers. As he walks through his city's sun-drenched streets past flower sellers, fruit vendors, and street musicians, he draws readers into the world he loves. The painterly, energetic pictures capture the vitality of Ashraf's city.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Puffin Books (first published January 16th 1992)
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Anna Jones
Jul 08, 2015 Anna Jones rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I really liked how it breaks the stereotypes of Africa right at the beginning. Most people think of forests, lions, and other animals when they think of Africa. But this book starts off by saying that is not where this takes place. It takes place in a city in Africa! I liked how it described Ashraf's everyday life so you could see how people live in Africa. The author described it very well for children to understand. I would definitely use this in my classroom beca ...more
Laura Mincey
This book is about a young boy named Ashraf who lives in Africa. However, he does not live in the part of Africa that many Americans stereotype--he lives in a city with no lions, elephants or desert. Ashraf lives a life like many urban American students, with traffic lights, markets, and even a local library! This story would be good to share with students when teaching them about different continents around the world. It's important for young students not to stereotype countries, but rather, to ...more
Nov 04, 2013 Aszerina rated it liked it
This is a really great book that can teach children what Africa really is like, compared to how it is portrayed in the media. It dispels the myth that Africa is only full of animals and safari's but also lets children know that Africa is actually a lot like England. There are busy cities, choices in shops. The main different is the weather (hehe).

I would recommend this book for years 2-4, the text is short and easy to read and the pictures make it appealing for a younger audience. I would read t
Jun 23, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
Though Ashraf lives in Africa, he is a city boy. His is not the Africa "where lions laze in the golden grass." He has read about that Africa in books (that he gets from the library), but his is a life in a modern, bustling city. And that is what I so appreciate about this book -- it's a little slice of contemporary African life not often seen in children's picture books. Illustrated by a South African artist.
Julie Esanu
Jan 15, 2014 Julie Esanu rated it really liked it
A modern, urban perspective of South Africa.
Nice concept, a little long for a started walking away.
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