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|All aboard for the Bobo Road|
Author: Davies, Stephen
In Burkina Faso, Fatima and Galo load the luggage while their dad Big Ali drives the bus. Help count bikes, sacks of rice, melons and even goats and chickens as the bus travels past Gurunsi houses, the hippo lake, waterfalls and jungle, all the way to Bobo.
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2016 This unique counting book is created with vivid paintings highlighting the vibrancy of life in southwest Burkina Faso in Africa. The clothes, textiles, food, flora, and fauna are all bursting with color as a bus travels down a beautifully diverse route (“the most beautiful road in the world!”), which is nicely mapped out on the endpapers. Fatima and Galo, the children of the bus driver, Big Ali, get to ride up top, securing the luggage of passengers (successively numbered but, oddly, beginning with five objects), which ranges from inanimate belongings (cooking oil, rice) to the very animate (ducks, goats, chickens). There are plenty of opportunities for counting—the obvious passengers and luggage, of course, but also the less obvious, like trees. Arrival at Bobo station in the big city highlights the important roles the bus, bus driver, and Fatima and Galo—who are duly rewarded—have played. The numerous vibrant details make this a great choice not only as a counting primer but also for use as an introduction to Burkina Faso culture and geography. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.