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Chirchir Is Singing

Chirchir Is Singing

Spring 2012 Picture Books
Ages: 3 & Up
Author: Kelly Cunnane
Author: Jude Daly
ISBN: 978-0-375-86198-7
Hardcover Price: $17.99

In Kenya, where "wind like a cat paw wipes the sky clean," young Chirchir has big plans to help her mother with the household chores. So begins Chirchir Is Singing, which was written by Kelly Cunnane and illustrated by Jude Daly. But try as she might to fetch water, sweep the floor, and hoe potatoes, Chirchir just can't seem to do anything right. Later, when tending her baby brother, she realizes what her gift is: singing. This is a lyrical and lovely story, complemented by cheerful folk-art. A glossary of Kalenjin and Swahili words completes the text.

Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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