Bibi & Babu in Africa (Volume 1) by Bonnie Toews & John Christiansen.

1940145465

When Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen decided to take their first holiday to Africa together in their 70’s, the experience was not only amazing, but life changing.

I read this book with my Grandsons and before they opened it, the first thing they wanted to know is “Who are Bibi and Babu? Of course I couldn’t tell them, however we soon discovered that they are the Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa.

Sitting together, reading the story, it seemed as if we were sitting with Bibi and Babu, looking at their 2013 Africa holiday album, it was lovely to see so many natural photos.

The book starts with an introduction to Africa, and then Bibi and Babu set off for their adventure in Tanzania and Kenya. As we worked our way through the book, the children loved seeing and learning about other children who live a totally different life, on the other side of the world. They were especially fascinated finding out about the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Centre in Pasua, Tanzania and the work which goes on there.

Being children who are bought up with animals, seeing the amazing African animals in their natural setting was a part of the book they loved, and I was pleased that it gave me the opportunity to explain how important conservation is for their continued survival.

This is a lovely book for children. For me, the most important part of it was that there were no cartoon animals and imaginary places which don’t exist, this couple’s journey was real. By being presented as it is, it makes Africa, it’s peoples and wild life come to life in a believable way, and teaches children, whether they are read it, or read it themselves, the wonders of the real world.

Oh, and Babu won the respect of our two little boys, but you’ll have to read the book to find out why!

About the Author:      

A former editorial director of 30 trade magazines for the business division of Canada’s major newspaper chain, Bonnie Toews turned to writing fiction after she covered the greatest humanitarian relief effort in Rwanda 1994. Greater efforts have been achieved since, but then, up to one million Rwandans had just been slaughtered within 100 days with greater efficiency than the Nazis mastered during the World War II Holocaust. Her eyewitness view contributes to the plight of children in war as a recurring theme through her dramatic thrillers. She writes: “Children are the powerless victims of an adult world gone mad. There is no justification for the slaughter and maiming of children. They are not responsible for the deeds of their parents or governments. On my return flight to Canada, I decided fiction was the best way to show readers how to triumph over betrayal, to let them see the true power of forgiveness and our struggle to achieve it, for as long as victims and perpetrators seek retribution against each other, the world can never live in true peace.”

With hundreds of published articles and five business press awards in her portfolio, Bonnie continues to support better care and treatment of Canada’s veterans and is a member of the Canadian Veterans Advocacy, Military Writers Society of America, Christian Writers’ Association and American Authors Association.

ABOUT THE BIBI & BABU TRAVEL SERIES

“Bibi” and “Babu” are Swahili names for Grandma and Grandpa, and when grandparents Bonnie Toews and John Christiansen go to Central Africa, their tour guides fondly call them, Bibi and Babu. These nicknames stick, and as they share their journeys in a series of armchair adventures to faraway lands, they introduce you to countries and people who live in different worlds from the one you know. Their memoirs, however, are not meant to be travel guides. They are meant for adults and children to read and discuss together. Bonnie and John believe: “Reading with your child or grandchild not only entertains them, it can strengthen the bonds between you. We also want to encourage everyone to live your dream. Age doesn’t have to sideline you from living to your fullest capacity.” While in Africa in 2013, John climbed up Mount Kilimanjaro when he was 77-years-old. At the time he was the second oldest man to reach the top of the second tallest mountain in the world.

Available from:

Amazon sites in:

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When This Is Over, I Will Go To School, And I Will Learn To Read

A revealing insight into life for children in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this thought provoking book, the author has given us all the opportunity to discover what life is really like in Kenya for children. The pages are full of wonderful drawing by the children of the Maseno North Sunrise Nursery School in Kenya, which they created for the author, bright photographs, and this wonderful woman has promised them the proceeds from the sale of this book.

 

Julius, his brother Hezron and their older sister Sarahare orphans, living in the forest, with their grandmother at her farm in Kenya.

When strangers arrive in their village, they discover Julius and the family are suffering from a bug called Jiggers, which crawls under their skin and lay eggs. They are all taken to the mobile clinic and orphan feeding programme for treatment.

They are treated at the clinic, by the kind staff, even though their grandmother has to return home to look after the farm and their sister still attends school, as for her it is a precious gift and she never misses, even if she is ill.

When the boys eventually return to the village, their home has been made safe and the clinic staff carry them back with gifts of foam pads, mosquito nets and food.

Julius realises that if he eats warm food and learns to walk he will be able to go to school too and he tells everyone “When this is over, I will go to school and, I will learn to read.”

A truly inspiring book, showing us all that in this day and age there are still wonderful people out there, with good hearts, who are willing to give their time, expertise and life to make a difference.

Written by Pamela Sisman Bitterman, Editor Lisa Bruhn, Photographers Ian Lesser and Pamela Sisman Bitterman, Cover Design Katie Rogers.

Available from Amazon in paperback http://www.amazon.com/When-This-Over-School-Learn/dp/1480283274/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_1_8WBB

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/When-This-School-Learn-ebook/dp/B0053TRBGE/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_t_2_PC6M