On the wings of proverbs and the illustrations that accompany them,
noted anthropologist and educator Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D.,
and award-winning author/illustrator Nelda LaTeef
invite children and adults to explore a whole new way of seeing the world.
A Junior Library Guild (JLG) gold standard selection
After the prologue defines proverbs (“It has been said that a proverb is a short sentence basedon long experience”), readers are invited to dwell in figurative language that captures wisdomspanning time and place. Each two-page spread is framed by four proverbs, allowing readers topick the one they feel best represents the illustration. Making such a decision will not be easy, asnuances in the language and images support all four options. Proverbs from across Africacaution, advise, and guide: “To one who does not know, a small garden is a forest.” “A singlebracelet does not jingle.” Given the interactive format of the book, one cannot rush past theillustrations—vibrant collages filled with texture and details—which depict scenes from humanlife, as well as the lives of flora and fauna. Back matter includes a map and the countries fromwhich the proverbs hail. As the title states, this interactive, multilayered, gorgeously illustratedbook of wisdom is for all ages, and it demands repeated reading.— Amina Chaudhri, Ph.D. (Booklist)