Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Picture Book a Day for a Year: Day 18


Picture Book: A Good Trade

Author: Alma Fullerton

Illustrator: Karen Patkau

Summary: Kato is a Ugandan boy who must trek far each day in his bare feet for water at the village well. On his way home with a heavy load, he notices 2 things: the aid worker’s truck with a treasure (a load of shoes) and a beautiful flower that he can use to trade for a pair of shoes. All the children dance in celebration after receiving their new shoes. Then the aid worker drives away pleased with the flower on her dashboard.

Hanna’s Comments: The beauty and simplicity of this story allows young listeners to appropriately learn some of the hard truths about how some children in our world live in dire circumstances. I suggest pairing this story with information on actual missionary work that is being done in Uganda/Central Africa. I have written such a lesson that includes fun activities as well. Contact me via e-mail if you would like to purchase it.

Publisher & Date of Publication: Pajama Press, 2013

Age and Grade Appropriateness: 5 and up, K and up

# of Pages: 32

Available in Spanish? Not at present

Formats other than Book: Not at present

PBT Category: Fresh off the Press

PBT Topics this Book Connects with: Africa, attentiveness/ observation/seeing, beauty, blessings, clothes/shoes, commitment, dance/dancing, drink/thirst, flowers/leaves/trees, found, generosity/giving/offering/stewardship, gifts/giftedness/talents, gladness/happiness, gratitude/thankfulness/thanksgiving, journeys/pilgrimages/migration/quests, joy, labor/work, outreach, patience, perseverance, poverty, sacrifice, servanthood/service/serving, steadfastness, treasure, water

Scripture Connections: my soul thirst for you… as in a dry & weary land (Psalm 63:1), water on the thirsty land (Isaiah 44:3), the woman at the well (John 4:4-42)out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38)

Idea(s) for Application: a children’s lesson on foreign missionaries in Africa particularly with regards to access to clean water or the need for shoes