3 Books Published by Sub-Saharan Publishers on Our Site — Book Cover Mosaic

Click for more detail about The Talking Baobab Tree by Nelda LaTeef The Talking Baobab Tree

by Nelda LaTeef
Sub-Saharan Publishers (Jan 01, 2020)
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The Talking Baobab Tree is derived from a story the author heard while visiting a Wolof village in the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal. The story is in keeping with traditional Wolof tales which reveal a deep admiration for getting the better of a stronger, more powerful opponent. Wolof proverbs are blended into the story as are the Wolof words: Oubi (open) and jerry-jef (thank you).

The Wolof people make up forty percent of the population of Senegal and are celebrated for their oral tradition, sense of style, and hospitality. An often repeated saying among the Wolof is “Eat whatever you like but wear clothes that please others.” There are over ten million Wolof speakers, many of whom live in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania.


Click for more detail about Mama’s Amazing Cover Cloth by Ruby Yayra Goka Mama’s Amazing Cover Cloth

by Ruby Yayra Goka
Sub-Saharan Publishers (Sep 09, 2018)
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Do you know that the African woman’s cover cloth has many uses? In this delightful book that young children will enjoy, a little girl shares the many uses of her mother’s amazing cover cloth.


Click for more detail about Animal Village by Nelda LaTeef Animal Village

by Nelda LaTeef
Sub-Saharan Publishers (Jan 01, 2017)
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Animal Village, a children’s picture book, is an authentic folk tale from the Zarma culture of West Africa about a tortoise who saves her village from the ravages of drought with wisdom passed down from an “old story.” Nelda LaTeef’s colorful and strikingly brilliant montage of illustrations, in acrylic and collage, captures the richness and vibrancy of the sub-Saharan culture from which the story springs.

The story is especially relevant to sub-Saharan Africa as it focuses on the devastation of drought and the importance of received knowledge. With its dual themes of wisdom and grit, the book happily entertains while it teaches the importance of hard work and persistence as keys to success.