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The Matatu

by Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell

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Kioko has been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he can remember. On his fifth birthday, he gets the chance to climb aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, several village dogs chase after it. Kioko wonders why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus. When he asks his grandfather about it, his grandfather tells Kioko an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa and inspired by a Kamba folktale, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with unexpected twists and turns.

About the Authors
Eric Walters, Member of the Order of Canada, began writing in 1993 as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. He has since published more than a hundred novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.
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Eva Campbell was born in Ghana and spent her childhood in Barbados and Jamaica. She studied painting at the College of Art in Ghana (BA) and the University of Victoria (MFA). Eva has had numerous art exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Ghana, Barbados and Britain. Currently she is the visual arts teacher at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit evacampbell.ca.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
Awards
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award nomination
  • Short-listed, Rainforest of Reading nominee
  • Commended, Children's Africana Book Awards Best Books for Young Children selection
  • Short-listed, CCBC Choices selection
  • Short-listed, Golden Oak Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Winner, Aesop Accolades
Editorial Reviews

"Oil paintings provide realistic details of contemporary rural Kenya but include a few spreads in which the animals humorously take on anthropomorphic characteristics. The author's note, drawing upon his Kenyan experiences, will amuse adults...The love and respect shown between Kioko and his grandfather is both universal and sweetly evident."

— Kirkus Reviews

"With a wry mix of realism and folklore, Walters draws on his work in rural Kenya to tell the story of Kioko...Campbell’s bright, mischievous watercolors show the passengers on the crowded seats with the conductor picking his way down the aisle collecting fares, along with close-up images of Kioko as he listens to his beloved grandpa tell a story while they drive through dusty roads past huts, houses, and market stalls. Along with the vivid setting, there is a playful story based on a Kamba folktale...The bond between Kioko and his grandpa will grab kids, and so will the sly twist when the boy tries to fix things and change the old folktale."

— Booklist

"Campbell fills her oil paintings with bright colors and commotion, portraying her animals with trickster-like characteristics. Walters offers tender insight into a grandfather and grandson relationship, while depicting a unique cultural experience."

— Publishers Weekly

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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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