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A Welcome in Axum / Taq̄abālit gāšā zexonat ʼAxsum

2021

by Jane. Kurtz and Alex Regassa

"Axum, an ancient Ethiopian city, once rivaled Persia and Rome in wealth and influence. It was a trade hub through which precious metals, silks and ideas fueled a thriving economy and vibrant culture. A series of fair-minded Ethiopian Kings offered peoples of many faiths to find sanctuary from threats abroad, and for centuries Christians, Muslims and Jews have shared Axum in peace. For thousands of years, Ethiopia has been known around the world as a land of justice and wisdom. Share this heart-warming tale of religious tolerance with your young reader." -- publisher

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Football Fun / Ṣawatā Kuʻeso ʼegri

2021

by Jane. Kurtz, Margi Brown, Judah Gerards, Caroline Greger, Rowan Schmitt and students from Findley Elementary School

"Take a closer look at Ethiopia’s national obsession through the eyes of the children who love to play football (soccer) in the fields and streets of Ethiopia. Like the self-described “football fanatics” who cheer on the national team, the Walia Antelopes, many Ethiopians enjoy playing for fun with friends and neighbors around East Africa. It is as much a social activity as a recreational one, and it is shared widely among the children of Ethiopia. " -- publisher

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Not Ready! / ʻāq̄emi zaymaṭana serāḥ!

2021

by Ellemae Goering, Noh Goering, Jane. Kurtz and Gina DaCruz

"Oh no, Donkey won't go! In "Not Ready!", a stubborn donkey refuses to work.In both Ethiopia and the United States, people use a proverb-"Don't put the cart before the horse"-to describe how unfortunate life can turn out when something is being done too hastily or in the wrong order. When Jane Kurtz asked her grandson, Noh Goering, whether he knew any idioms or proverbs, he said, "Don't get the cart before the donkey." Since Ethiopia has more donkeys than any other country, they decided to team up and write a story about one who ends up behind the cart. Since 1994, The Donkey Sanctuary has been providing free vet clinics and educating Ethiopians about how to care for their hard-working animals who help thousands of families with every day chores." -- publisher

Beautiful Life

Football Fun / የእግር ኳስ ጨዋታ

2020

by Jane. Kurtz, Margi Brown, Judah Gerards, Caroline Greger, Rowan Schmitt and students from Findley Elementary School

"Take a closer look at Ethiopia’s national obsession through the eyes of the children who love to play football (soccer) in the fields and streets of Ethiopia. Like the self-described “football fanatics” who cheer on the national team, the Walia Antelopes, many Ethiopians enjoy playing for fun with friends and neighbors around East Africa. It is as much a social activity as a recreational one, and it is shared widely among the children of Ethiopia. " -- publisher

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Girls / Sétoc leǧoč

2020

by Jane. Kurtz and Clark College Economic and Community Development

"Strong and smart, hard-working and beautiful, girls can be many things. In Ethiopia, where 80% of them live in the rural countryside, they can be all of these things and more: adventurous, brave, kind and curious, and everything in between. Detailed watercolor portraits of the incredible women and girls of Ethiopia fill the pages of our dual-language early reader. " -- publisher

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