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Nana Akua Goes to School

It is Grandparents Day at Zura's elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special. Aleja's grandfather is a fisherman. Bisou's grandmother is a dentist. But Zura's Nana, who is her favorite person in the world, looks a little different from other grandmas. Nana Akua was raised in Ghana, and, following an old West African tradition, has tribal markings on her face.

Worried that her classmates will be scared of Nana — or worse, make fun of her — Zura is hesitant to bring her to school. Nana Akua knows what to do, though. With a quilt of traditional African symbols and a bit of face paint, Nana Akua is able to explain what makes her special, and to make all of Zura's classmates feel special, too. This moving story celebrates cultural diversity and the special connection grandparents can provide to ancestral culture.

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"Once in Zura’s classroom, Nana Akua speaks with poise. 'I’m sure you noticed the marks on my face.... These marks were a gift from my parents, who were happy and proud that I was born.... I am likewise proud to wear them.' She paints Adinkra symbols on the faces of Zura’s classmates (a chart listing their meanings is included) in a visit that delights the children and their grandparents.... Newcomer Walker writes convincingly about how difference can cause unease among children, and her story offers a compelling portrait of a grandmother whose pride and poise put that concern to rest." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Tricia Elam Walker
Illustrator April Harrison
ISBN 0525581138
Publication Date Jun 16, 2020
Publisher Schwartz & Wade
Language English