Omer's Favorite Place

PreS—This book provides a glimpse into the daily life of a child in urban Ethiopia. The simple, straightforward story will appeal to very young children who, like Omer, have a favorite place to play. He prefers the front of his house, but has to give in to big sisters; he likes the living room, but everyone says he will break the furniture; he likes to play in back of the house or in the garden, but not when he is asked to help with watering the plants. Every place he tries has someone or something interfering with him. Finally, Omer opts for behind the sofa where it is nice and quiet. Clear, colorful photographs capture the boy's happy, playful spirit and enhance readers' view of his home and family life. Definitions are provided for four Ethiopian words used in the story, but pronunciation is not included. This book will prove useful when discussing various cultures.—Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA

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