The launch of Swahili Folklore book trailer coincides with International Children’s Book Day (ICBD), celebrated every 2 April to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.
The theme for ICBD 2014 is Imagine Nations Through Story. I hope you can imagine Tanzania with this trailer. PS: Turn up the volume when watching.
My book Swahili Folklore: A Compilation of Animal Facts, Folktales, Nursery Rhymes and Songs falls nicely into this category. This book consists of nursery rhymes, songs and 20 Swahili folk tales translated into English. The stories were written and submitted by school children from Manundu Primary School in my hometown Korogwe, Tanzania. In Tanzania, oral lore is a common tradition of transmitting stories from one generation to another. I did not wish to see this knowledge get lost but get preserved in a form of written book. The nursery rhymes, songs and animal facts were contributed by me. These were inspired by memories from my school time experiences and also a wish to instill children with an appreciation for the wild animals, especially those belonging to the List of Threatened Animals.
For every child who wishes to explore their wild and fun side, Tanzania warmly welcomes you. “Karibu sana!“