Roaring Brook Press African Proverbs for All Ages
Roaring Brook Press African Proverbs for All Ages

African Proverbs for All Ages

By Johnnetta Betsch Cole

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Publication Date: November 30, 2021

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Ages 4 to 8

An Oprah Book about the power of proverbs, how they evolve over time, and the wisdom of various cultures in Africa.

It has been said that a proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

Whether you're young or old, proverbs can open your mind to new ways of seeing the world. We underestimate children, assuming they are incapable of understanding metaphor and deeper meaning. Children learn in multiple ways, but for each method by which they learn, they need engaged imagination and ignited visual sensibilities. And as adults, we underestimate ourselves when we allow our lives to be about practical matters only. Proverbs can stir our soul and spark our imagination.

In African Proverbs for All Ages, noted anthropologist and educator Dr. Johnetta Betsch Cole and award-winning illustrator Nelda La Teef invite children and adults to explore and reflect on complex notions about relationships, identity, society, and the human condition.

About the Author

Johnnetta Betsch Cole is a noted anthropologist and educator who has worked on issues of racial, gender and other systems of inequality throughout her career. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she grew up during the days of racial segregation. She holds a B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College, and masters and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University. Dr. Cole is the only person to have served as president for both Spelman and Bennet Colleges; she was also the Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art from 2009 to 2016, and now serves as the Chair of the Board and the President of the National Council of Negro Women.

Nelda LaTeef is the award-winning author and illustrator of The Hunter and The Ebony Tree, Animal Village, and The Talking Baobab Tree. She grew up in a US Foreign Service family and spent her childhood attending schools in Europe, Africa, and Asia. She holds a degree in social anthropology from Harvard University, and has traveled throughout West Africa conducting field research, even visiting the fabled city of Timbuktu. Nelda lives in Virginia with her family where she enjoys traveling, tennis, and cycling.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Length: 40 pages

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Publication Date: November 30, 2021

ISBN: 9781250756060

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