Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa (Hardcover)

And Other Talking Drum Rhymes

By Julia Cairns (Illustrator), Uzo Unobagha

Chronicle Books, 9780811823784, 56pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2000

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (8/25/2005)

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In the spirit of Mother Goose, Off to the Sweet Shores of Africa and Other Talking Drum Rhymes is a colorful collection of original, African inspired rhymes. Fun to read aloud, these playful rhymes conjure West African village life. As in classic nursery rhymes, the verses are inhabited by charming characters who impart simple wisdom or evoke pure silliness, making this collection not only distinctively African, but wonderfully universal. Exquisitely detailed illustrations by Julia Cairns, an engaging author's note and glossary make this an enchanting collection from Africa's sweet shores to ours.

About the Author

Uzo Unobagha was born in Nigeria. She came to the United States in 1995 to join her husband, Ezika. They live in New York with their two young children. This is her first children's book published in the United States.

Julia Cairns is from England and lived in East Africa. She now lives in Northern California.