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Mamas (English and Tigrinya)

“Vibrant watercolor illustrations capture the beauty and color of Mamas’ daily routines in this touching tribute to mothers in Ethiopia and beyond. Most of the illustrations were inspired by photographs taken in the Harari region of Ethiopia. The historic walled city of Harar itself is located in the eastern part of Ethiopia and sits atop a hill. In 2006 Harar was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the fourth holy city of Islam. Also deemed the city of saints, Christian and Muslim families have lived peacefully side by side in the city for centuries. Women play many important roles in Harari culture and enjoy robust social lives built around friendship and kinship. Harari women work inside and outside of their homes as farmers, merchants and weavers in addition to traditional household roles. Women also work in labor and service, education and medicine.” — publisher […]

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Not Ready! / ʻāq̄emi zaymaṭana serāḥ!

“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 […]

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Sign To Me / Afaan Mallattootiin Natti Dubbadhaa

“When a young Ethiopian boy is born deaf, his family and friends struggle to communicate with him. But when a cousin who learned sign language comes to visit, she helps him fill the house with laughter and joy, and the whole family learns how much better and brighter life is when everyone is included. This tender tale of empathy and inclusion shows how beautiful and special all kids regardless of their different abilities and why inclusion that comes from being able to communicate through sign education is so important and life-changing. ” — publisher […]

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Sign To Me / Bameleket Qwānqwā ʼAweruñ

“When a young Ethiopian boy is born deaf, his family and friends struggle to communicate with him. But when a cousin who learned sign language comes to visit, she helps him fill the house with laughter and joy, and the whole family learns how much better and brighter life is when everyone is included. This tender tale of empathy and inclusion shows how beautiful and special all kids regardless of their different abilities and why inclusion that comes from being able to communicate through sign education is so important and life-changing. ” — publisher […]

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The True Story of Teff/Seena Dhugaa Xaafii

“Learn about the history of Teff, a staple of Ethiopian cuisine. From its discovery in ancient Ethiopia to its everyday use in injera, Teff is an important plant from many perspectives. Side by side text in Ethiopian languages like Amharic, Tigrinya, Afaan Oromo and English support fluency. Vibrant illustrations by talented student illustrators connect words to concepts and support emerging vocabularies. Part of the Ready, Set, Go! series of early readers in indigenous Ethiopian languages.” — publisher […]

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We Run / Ni Fiigna

“Ethiopia has been famous for its runners since Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon…barefoot! In Ethiopia, running is more than a way to get from place to place; it’s a joy shared by many. The vast countrysides and vibrant cities of Ethiopia provide the backdrop for our playful look at this favorite way to move.” — publisher […]

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We Run / Waan Orodnay/Cararay

“Ethiopia has been famous for its runners since Abebe Bikila won the 1960 Olympic marathon…barefoot! In Ethiopia, running is more than a way to get from place to place; it’s a joy shared by many. The vast countrysides and vibrant cities of Ethiopia provide the backdrop for our playful look at this favorite way to move.” — publisher […]

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