Title: On a Road in Africa
Author: Kim Doner
Afterword: Chryssee Perry Martin
Publisher: Tricycle Press
Flesch-Kinkaid Grade Level: 4.5
Concepts: jobs, environmental activism, resources
Review: Chryssee Perry Martin—otherwise known as “Mama O” for Mama Orphanage, a title given to her by Kenya’s Wildlife Service—has a busy day driving around town and the countryside. She is seeking food, supplies, and volunteers to help sustain the lives of numerous animals at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, warthogs, and lions of all ages have found shelter at the orphanage, many adopted as tiny cubs that had lost their mothers, or as injured animals in need of rehabilitation. Come join Mama O in her quest to find and provide nourishment for these hungry, vulnerable, and playful creatures.
On a Road in Africa wraps an important message about advocacy for endangered animals into an artistic package, with rhythmic verse text and gorgeous illustrations. Also of interest are the author’s own background as a wildlife rehabilitator, a first-hand account from Chryssee Perry Martin about life at the orphanage, a brief lesson in Swahili, and a series of captivating photographs of some of the animals and staff. With so much to offer, this splendid book will undoubtedly appeal to a wide readership.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children