by Gebregeorgis Yohannes; illustrated by Bogale Belachew $10; African Sun Publishing
$10 at ethiopiareads.org
This wonderful, richly illustrated reworking of a classic Ethiopian folktale tells the story of a dutiful son who is a bit thick-headed, but more than kind (think Amelia Bedelia set in Ethiopia).
The first night I was home with my then eight-year-old twin daughters, we read Silly Mammo. We cuddled together in a big bed, Sabella on one side, Hanna on the other. I read the English words, and they took turns reading the Amharic to me. Back and forth we went, reading to one another, and giggling at the silliness of Mammo.
Rita Radostitz is mom to 10-year-old twins Hanna and Sabella, adopted from Ethiopia. She works for Adoption Advocates International from her home in Oregon.
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