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Joosse, Barbara M.
New York : Chronicle Books, 2005.
IL K-3, RL 1.9
ISBN 0811842657

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

"Papa, do you love me?"  Have you ever asked your father that question?  The young Masai boy asks it in this story.  Even though his father assures him that he does indeed love him, the young boy isn't satisfied.  He asks over and over again.  And adds to his question each time.  He asks about what would happen if he did something bad.  Would his father still love him?  How would he show it?  Will the young boy ever be satisfied with the answers?

Booktalk #2

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the wilds of Africa? And, how do African parents protect their children? In this story, a young Maasai boy tests his father’s love by asking those questions that we all have thought about as children…how much do you love me; how long will you love me; will you keep me warm and safe; and, will you love me even when I do something wrong? Using a beautiful setting and an introduction to another culture, Barbara Joosse lets young imaginations experience the yearnings of children everywhere.  (Prepared by: Cerese Long for SCASL Picture Book Awards, 2007-2008)

SUBJECTS:     Africa -- Fiction.
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Love -- Fiction.
                        Masai (African people) -- Fiction


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