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The Matatu by Eric Walters
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Jun 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: canadian, children-s, golden-oak-2012
Read on May 23, 2012

Inspired by a Kamba folktale this is the story of five-year-old Kioko who is taking his first bus trip to Machakos to celebrate his birthday. In Africa, the bus is called a matatu, and he has always been awed by them. While on the trip his father tells him a folktale about some of the things Kioko sees outside – a dog, a goat, and a sheep, and how they used to ride the Matatu.

The relationship between Kioko and his grandfather is inspiring, and the story is humorous and informative of another culture. It is interesting to see the role public transportation plays in Kioko’s village compared to here in Canada, and I think children would really enjoy hearing about it.

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