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From the author of Mama Zooms comes a heartwarming story, based on the West African proverb, It takes a village to raise a child. A young girl proudly watches her little brother--only to discover that caring neighbors have been watching them both all along. Full-color illustrations by the author.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Scholastic
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Matthew Hunter
Jun 14, 2013 Matthew Hunter rated it it was amazing
Ah, that's more like it! After reading of Eloise's privileged existence at New York's Plaza Hotel (sans parents, admittedly), It Takes a Village read like a breath of fresh air. I remember Hillary Clinton writing a book of the same title and taking tons of flack from rightists. "Villages don't raise children, parents do!" I can still hear them arguing. But the idea that individuals and families aren't nested in ever-expanding layers of community is ludicrous. It really does take a community to r ...more
Samara Winter
Mar 29, 2015 Samara Winter rated it really liked it
It takes a village is a story about community. A little girl name Yemi is given the responsibility of looking out for her brother while her mom is selling mangos at the market. Yemi stops to get something to eat for he brother and as soon as she takes her eyes off of him he wanders off. She looks everywhere for him but can not find him. He's being taken care of by every one in the village. When they are reunited she thanks everyone for looking after him. Once they meet up with their mom she tell ...more
Karelle Royal
This book really shows how important the members of a community are in supporting & helping to raise children.
Excellent book to use to teach about fostering community.
Great book about caring for a sibling/family member.
It teaches about responsibility.
Students can relate to having parents/guardians who work.
Great book to use when teaching about making predictions as well as order of events.
S/S: can use to teach a lesson on families & customs around the world.
Sarah Erbes
a. author: Jane Cowen-Fletcher
b. genre: Multicultural
c. publication date: 1994
d. annotation:
-Yemi along with her mother and brother, head to the village for market day, for her mother to sell mangos. Yemi thinks that she will take care of Kokou all by herself. However, Kokou quickly walks away and Yemi searches for him, and eventually finds him. Meanwhile, the rest of the village has been taking care of him.

-This is a different perspective on life than most American students are exposed to.
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Dolly
Apr 17, 2009 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009, africa
This is an interesting book that tells about the sense of community in an African village in Benin, using the setting of an open air market. I liked the tale, but it was very uncomfortable for me to read about two young children off on their own throughout the day, even if they were being watched over by other villagers.
Alice
Dec 04, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
What happens inside the home with parents is essential to raise a child, but if it wasn't for the village, the neighbors, friends, teachers, etc etc...you couldn't raise a child. It takes us all! "No other success can compensate for failure in the home" - David O Mckay!
Nicole Survis
Jun 18, 2015 Nicole Survis rated it really liked it
It Takes A Village is a West African Folktale that is an excellent addition to the K Folktale text set. Using beautify illustrations, the story is one about a girl named Yemi who is tasked with the job of watching her baby brother. When he wanders away she spends hours looking for him worried about how lost and lonely he is, only to find that the whole time the various village people have been watching and taking care of him. Based on the idea that it takes a village to raise a child, this folkt ...more
Tierra Wooten
Apr 21, 2016 Tierra Wooten rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp-fiction
I would have the kids to draw a picture of people in their lives that care about them. We will then cut them out and put them in a village that we make from arts and crafts.
Chelsea Smith
Mar 27, 2016 Chelsea Smith rated it it was amazing
Very strong writing throughout with a very good message. The artwork is phenomenal; strong details make the pictures very lifelike.
Kayla
Sep 30, 2014 Kayla rated it really liked it
Shelves: helping-family
Good story about helping each other out. Gives a little information about Africa.
Sarah
Mar 21, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
moral/proverb: it takes a village to raise a child
Stephanie
May 05, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Benin
Kasmarine
In Africa it takes a village...to raise a child. What a beautiful ecology. While Mama was busying selling mangoes in the village marketplace, Yemi and Kokou roamed around. Yemi was worrying for Kokou. He must be hungry, thirsty, frightened, hot, tired, and lost in this big marketplace.
Yemi was relief and grateful when she founded his younger - happy. Well, in Africa raising a child is not the work of an individual family , it is the whole village. Come and enjoy the live of solidarity.
Lauren Risner
Dec 01, 2013 Lauren Risner rated it really liked it
MULTICULTURAL BOOK

This was a very interesting book. It showed the adventure of a young girl and her brother during market day, which is a tradition in an African village. I liked how on one page it would show the young girl worrying about what her lost little brother was doing, and on the other page, he was doing the complete opposite. This could be used in a classroom because it shows a multi-cultural way of life of a young girl.
Sung Baick
Apr 06, 2011 Sung Baick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity
I loved this book! It's about a little boy who wanders off out of his sister's sight. While his sister is worrying about him and looking all over the village for him, the boy is safe because everyone in the village is taking care of him. This would be a great book for 1st-3rd grade. The teacher can talk about building communities with this book.
Alison
Feb 21, 2011 Alison rated it it was amazing
Good diverse book for a kindergarden level reader. African culure story line, with great illustrates related to the culture. In the back of the book explains the importance of the market in the culture represented in the book. This book could be used for a good referance for vocabulary relating the African culture.
Taryn Dean
Apr 17, 2016 Taryn Dean added it
Shelves: folk-books
a little girl taking care of her younger brother for a day... I will ask the students to tell about some big responsibilities that they have at home and if someone helps them.
Lori Smith
In the classrooms I have been in these past 2 semesters, teachers have been stressing the importance of community. This book is the perfect example of the importance if community. The fraction that it is set in a village in Africa shows students that community is important all around the world.
Katelyn Warner
Dec 05, 2010 Katelyn Warner rated it it was amazing
* Yemi has to look after her little brother, Kokou while they're at the market with their mom
* Kokou gets lost; peope take care of him until Yemi finds him
* Colored pencil illustrations, easy to read text
* I would put in classroom library
PJ
Sep 06, 2012 PJ rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A story about an African girl who is to watch her little brother in an open market. He waunders off and she realizes that the village took care of him.
A good book to use with compare and contrast.
Deborah Harris
Dec 15, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: ar-2, a15
AR Quiz No. 12367 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
Jayna
Jun 22, 2012 Jayna rated it really liked it
Yemi learns, while taking care of her brother, that not just one person is responsible for the well being of her brother.
Mina Saeed
Oct 19, 2010 Mina Saeed rated it it was amazing
Shelves: community
A cute book to use for diversity of cultures and communities
Jessica
Sep 12, 2010 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: community
based on the African Proverb "it takes a village to raise a child".
Kari
Mar 15, 2009 Kari rated it really liked it
I found this worked well as a read aloud to a young group
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The creator of the best-selling BABY ANGELS and, more recently, the illustrator of I LOVE YOU BABY, FROM HEAD TO TOE!, Jane Cowen-Fletcher lives in South Berwick, Maine, with her husband and two children. When she's not writing and illustrating children's books, she like to "read, read, read--especially children's books (big surprise!)," hang out in libraries, draw, and entertain. "I also absolute ...more
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