A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC

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Cassava Republic Press
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11.2 X 9.9 X 0.4 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Sade Fadipe is a school teacher and has taught in primary schools in Nigeria and England From 2006-2010, Sade worked in Abuja, Nigeria, on a reading initiative for Nigerian public primary schools. She trained teachers on the use of fiction books and helped create class-based reading corners, to enhance early reading. She currently lives and teaches in Essex, and is happily married with two daughters, who are her constant inspiration.


Unlike ABC books that are primarily informational, this rhyming, poetic one has a continuous narrative that is more prominent than the walk through the alphabet. During a school break, Adanah, a little (probably Nigerian, like the author and the illustrator) girl with cornrows, leaves her mother and little sister at home and rides with her father to Grandad's house. Grandad has goats and a guitar in his gated yard, which sets the stage for encouraging readers to pay attention to the details that appear in the illustrations that the text never mentions. For instance, on the page that says, "E is for eagles / flying above the trees," a woman carrying four cartons of eggs on her head, an elephant on a billboard, and an artist using an easel on the hill also appear. While the narrator talks only about her grandfather, the illustrations make clear that he--and his granddaughter, by extension--is a part of a vibrant community who look out for and appreciate one another. On the C page, before she leaves home, the protagonist says she will take her camera on her trip, and at the end of this circular journey, she shares all of her photos with her little sister--Zainab. From Nigeria, a wonderful story of community that will encourage readers to see both mirrors of their own lives and windows into another fascinating place. (Picture book. 3-7)
Adanah's school is on break, and she's off to spend it with Grandad. Visual cues indicate that she lives in the city, with him in the countryside, and her excitement about the adventure is infectious. As the title makes clear, this is an alphabet book, and to that end, each page is dedicated to a letter and associated subject. Jaunty couplets lend rhythm and rhyme: "E is for eagles / flying high above the trees. / F is for forest / sunlight shining through the leaves." Each spread includes multiple elements that begin with the designated letter, which will inspire repeated readings. Adanah has a good time with Grandad, helping with chores, cooking, clearing the yard, and listening to stories--always in the company of others. The author and illustrator are both from Nigeria, which, judging by the textual and visual references, is where the story is set. The simplicity of the text is balanced by lively, detailed watercolor illustrations full of movement and the joy of community, resulting in a book that truly is fun.