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The Blue Marble

by Jackee Budesta Batanda

Published in association with UNESCO, this originally illustrated book is the result of the first in a planned series of workshops convened by UNESCO for authors, illustrators and publishers of children's books in African and Arabic countries. The idea of the workshops is to produce children's books that deal with the UNESCO themes of tolerance, cultural diversity, understanding between peoples, and peace. The story, The Blue Marble, was selected for publication by the participants of the workshop held in Namibia, and collectively illustrated under the guidance of the prize-winning children's book author and illustrator, Meshack Asare.

The narrative tells of three young sisters, Nafula, Ajambo and Samanya whose mother has died and father been made unemployed. The girls battle through life together hawking freshly made pancakes, in an effort to raise money to pay their school fees. They live in fear of their father wanting to get married again - to a woman: who subsequently becomes their dreaded stepmother figure. Then one of the girls, Ajambo, finds a lucky marble, and things slowly begin to look up for them.

ISBN 9789988550899 | 44 pages | 203 x 127 mm | Colour Illustrations | 2005 | Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana | Paperback




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