The drawing above, by Uchenna Ugwuoke, one of the 5th graders in the class that read Amadi's Snowman, is the illustration of the text below and refers to a book titled "Back to School," from their Macmillan English textbook :
"It was the first day of the school year. Emeka and his friends Wakama and Kunle were walking to school. Emeka was trying to read his book as usual. Kunle and Wakama were in front of him.
Come on! They called. We'll be late. Emeka closed his book and reading to catch up with them.
I was reading about Nigeria, he said. Do you know that only fifty years ago there were very few towns in Nigeria. Nearly everyone lived in villages. Only a few children went to school. They went to market but they didn’t learn to read and write. I know, said Wakama. My father said Port Harcourt town when he was a boy, he used to do his homework by the light of a kerosene lamp. My father used to walk ten kilometers to school."
Thank you, Uchenna. This is all true. And as Mama Katia mentions in her website, we still see children walking a long way to school nowadays, carrying their bench on their head. Thank you to Professor Dyke and to the children of Nsukka for their beautiful artwork.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"You may have riches and wealth untold - caskets of jewels and baskets of gold. But richer than I, you will never be, for I had a mother who read to me." Gillilan Strickland
Tomorrow, we go to The Well-Read Child for the first of three visits, we have our Tuesday Quizz, here, and a truly heartwarming surprise from the community of children's writers and illustrators in Austin. See you then...