Babu's Song

By Multicultural Review

Stuve-Bodeen addresses a number of issues of contemporary life in Tanzania. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she had time to observe interactions between generations and peers. Babu’s Song deals with poverty, schooling, and living with a mute grandfather… Aaron Boyd’s illustrations compliment the text. Each illustration provides a vision of small town life. Together, they document the interaction between elders and youth and tourists and locals. Finally, they show the resourcefulness of this family. This book is highly recommended. It gives the readers the opportunity to see life through diverse eyes. In addition, it is a good example of a Tanzanian grandfather’s parenting skills.