I Know An Old Mzee Who Swallowed A Fly (by Cathy Kreutter) is a classic folk poem, retold in Uganda. The repetition and rhythm of the story makes this book a great read-aloud for children; furthermore, the striking illustration (by Johnmary Mukiza) and collage style design of the book takes readers through a variety of landscapes and encounters with animals found in Uganda. It is an interesting way to introduce children to the geography and culture of this country in the heart of Africa. More in-depth maps at the back of the book give further insight on one of Uganda's most prominent features, the Nile River, as its begins its journey north to Egypt.
This book is part of a greater effort to promote contextualized reading for East African young people, as well as for others around the world to enjoy more positive and lighthearted literature from the region.
For more information on this profoundly positive humanitarian effort, visit Cornerstone Development on the web.