Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood” as Want to Read:
A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Baba Wagué is only four years old when he is sent to the tiny Malian village of Kassaro to be raised by his paternal grandparents, according to the family tradition. He is most unhappy about this at first, but under his grandmother’s patient and wise tutelage he comes to love his close-knit village community. He learns how to catch a catfish with his bare hands, flees from ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Groundwood Books (first published 2010)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Gift from Childhood, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Gift from Childhood

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-48)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kari
Dec 05, 2014 Kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: jr-fiction-642
Diakite, B. W. (2010). A gift from childhood. Toronto, Canada: Groundwood Books.

*2011 Outstanding International Book List

Informational

Age range: 10 and up, Grades: 4 and up

This is a beautiful autobiography of Diakite's childhood in Mali, located in western Africa. Colorful illustrations created on earthenware tiles combined with rich African culture, heritage, and values creates an interesting story about life in a third world country. When Diakite turned four, his parents sent him to live with
...more
Dianna
Nov 22, 2015 Dianna added it
Shelves: lme-508
Diakite, B. i. (2010). A gift from childhood: memories of an African boyhood. Canada: Groundwood Books.

Citation by: Dianna Wolf

Type of Reference: Biography

Call Number: Ref 92

Content/Scope: A memoir about growing up in Mali, Africa

Accuracy/Authority/Bias: This book was classified as "Core Collection" by "Middle and Junior High Core Collection (H. W. Wilson)." This list is selected and recommended by collection development specialists in library service to young people.

Arrangement/Presentation: T
...more
Jeffrey
Jan 30, 2015 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
I use this as part of the Memory Work unit, I do in my course, Worlds of Childhood, to think not only about different experiences of childhood but the rich storytelling traditions in indigenous cultures that link up the texts I use - Larry Loyie's As Long as the Rivers Flow (Cree/Canada), Rigoberta Menchu's The Girl from Chimel (Maya/Guatemala) and Diakite's Fulani Malian childhood - I also love Diakite's intermingling of family and community stories with folktales - and his extraordinary ...more
Launchingstars
Launchingstars rated it it was amazing
Nov 08, 2014
Ethan
Ethan rated it really liked it
Oct 27, 2010
Melissa
May 19, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it
Simple, interesting story of a unique childhood.
Karen Ball
Karen Ball rated it really liked it
Feb 27, 2011
Connie
Connie rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2011
Ana
Ana rated it it was ok
Aug 17, 2015
Katie Day
Katie Day rated it really liked it
Jun 03, 2013
Edward Sullivan
May 19, 2010 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Wonderful memoir.
Heather
Heather rated it really liked it
May 20, 2012
Heathere Willoughby
Heathere Willoughby rated it really liked it
May 05, 2014
laura b.
laura b. rated it really liked it
Dec 12, 2013
Jenn
Jenn rated it really liked it
Aug 01, 2012
Jennifer
Jennifer rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2013
Kris Odahowski
Kris Odahowski rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2013
Chris
Chris rated it really liked it
Jul 10, 2014
Quincy
Quincy rated it it was amazing
Oct 14, 2013
Maxwell K
Maxwell K rated it it was amazing
Feb 15, 2015
Christine
Christine rated it liked it
Aug 03, 2015
Sashenka
Sashenka marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2010
Noah Sebastian
Noah Sebastian marked it as to-read
Aug 02, 2010
Amanda
Amanda marked it as to-read
Feb 15, 2011
Cheryl
Cheryl added it
Apr 20, 2011
Melanie
Melanie marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2011
Rachel
Rachel marked it as to-read
Jun 09, 2012
Enola
Enola marked it as to-read
Oct 17, 2012
Niruja Jm
Niruja Jm is currently reading it
May 30, 2013
Munazza
Munazza marked it as to-read
Jun 17, 2013
Susan
Susan marked it as to-read
Jul 30, 2013
Lori Rooney
Lori Rooney marked it as to-read
Oct 01, 2013
Rahman
Rahman marked it as to-read
Nov 17, 2013
Shannon
Shannon marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2014
Heidi
Heidi marked it as to-read
Jul 05, 2014
Far
Far added it
Sep 03, 2014
Davis Priest
Davis Priest marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2014
Sofia
Sofia is currently reading it
Sep 10, 2014
Michael Rains
Michael Rains marked it as to-read
Sep 25, 2014
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book