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The Matatu

by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell

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Kioko had been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he could remember. But today, for his fifth birthday, he climbs aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, the village dogs chase after them. When Kioko asks his grandfather why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus, his grandfather tells him an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with many unexpected turns and twists along the way.

About the Authors

Eric Walters is a nationally acclaimed author of more than 30 award-winning young adult novels. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

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EVA CAMPBELL is an artist and illustrator who teaches visual art at Lester B. Pearson College UWC. She has exhibited her work in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Barbados and Ghana. Eva won the Children’s Africana Book Award for her illustrations in The Matatu by Eric Walters. She lives in Victoria.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
Awards
  • , Children's Africana Book Awards Best Books for Young Children
  • , Aesop Accolades

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The Matatu

Kioko had been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he could remember. But today, for his fifth birthday, he climbs aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, the village dogs chase after them. When Kioko asks his grandfather why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus, his grandfather tells him an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep.

The Matatu is Eric Walter’s retelling of a Kenyan folktale about a bus that picks up people as it travels from town to town. Filled with bright illustrations and an engaging sense of humour, teachers can use this book to teach math as well as communication skills. Learning can also extend to social studies (cultural practices) and social skills (listening, sharing and communicating). Drama experiences such as retelling the story in role, creating tableaux images, or dramatizing the story can be drawn from a reading of this folktale.

Also available: When Elephants Fight by Eric Walters and Adrian Bradbury

Author available for school visits @EricRWalters

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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