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Ayobami and the names of the animals

Ayobami y el nombre de los animales. English
Ayobami and the names of the animals
Publisher Info:
Madrid, Spain : Cuento De Luz SL, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Title in Spanish: Ayobami y el nombre de los animales"--reverse of title page.
After war comes to an end in her African homeland, Ayobami can finally return to her schoolhouse. But in order to do so, she must take a dangerous path through the jungle, armed only with a piece of paper and a worn-out pencil.
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Winner at The 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books

Ayobami is an African girl who dreams of going to school. After war comes to an end, she can finally return to the schoolhouse. But in order to do so, she has to take a dangerous path through the jungle. Armed only with a piece of paper and a worn-out pencil, she embarks on a hazardous journey to fulfil her unweaving desire to learn and write.
This is a tale about the importance of education, the difficulties that many children have to overcome to go to school, and the perseverance and enthusiasm of those who want to learn.

Guided Reading Level: N, Lexile Level: 550L

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Author Notes

Pilar López Avila , is from Cáceres, Spain, and is teacher of biology for the last twelve years. She is also the mother of three children.

Mar Azabal is a graduate in Geography, specialising in Administration and archive conservation. Her real dream was to create stories through drawing and illustration. She currently resides in Toledo, Spain, and spends her time teaching illustration courses for children, creating stories and enjoying raising her little child.

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-In an unnamed country recovering from a long war, Ayobami is excited to finally return to school. But when she gets lost along the way, and must travel through the jungle, she meets many animals whose names she must learn to write in school. This title is a sweet, if slightly too sweet, modern fairy tale set against the backdrop of very real conflict. At times, the light tone comes across as slightly cloying. But the story certainly entertains, and is complemented well by Azabal's bright, lovely illustrations. Younger children will likely relate to and enjoy Ayobami's perseverance to attend class. The framework of "naming" animals will also likely appeal to early elementary school-aged children, particularly as they themselves are learning about-and how to write the names of-various animals. The book would make for a good discussion starter. VERDICT A solid purchase for elementary school libraries.-Maryanne Olson, Queens Borough Public Library, NY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

In a postwar place where seedlings are beginning to sprout from bullet casings, Ayobami and the other children are excited about returning to school. Instead of following the river to school, as her father advised, Ayobami detours through the jungle, where she encounters many dangerous animals; but she negotiates for her safety by promising to return with their names written on a piece of paper. Crocodile, snake, leopard, mosquito, and spider are intrigued by this prospect and let her continue. At school Ayobami learns the music that comes from making words, enabling her to fulfill her promises. A few additional complications are happily resolved by the power of her burgeoning literacy. With the feel of an Aesop's fable, this story is both empowering and reflective of the joy school can bring to children whose lives have been disrupted by war. Beautiful illustrations in graphite, watercolor, and colored pencil lend an ethereal, magical quality to this unnamed place, where dangerous creatures have endearing faces, and letters of the alphabet flutter around Ayobami like protective stardust.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2018 Booklist