Sing to the Moon by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl, illustrated by Sandra van Doorn and published by Lantana Publishing is an incredibly touching tale of a boy and his grandfather.
The story begins with the boy dreaming of adventures; sailing across oceans, flying up to the stars or feasting in forests. However, he wakes up only to find it’s yet another rainy day, set in Uganda where there are two rainy seasons a year, the prospect of a day stuck inside has completely shattered his dreams.
Luckily, Jjajja (the Luganda word for Grandfather) is on hand to lift his spirits and while they eat their morning porridge together Jjajja shows his grandson that they can still have a fun day even though it is raining.
In these beautifully tender moments, grandfather and grandson share stories and memories as they go about their daily tasks. The simplest of activities bring out the most cherished memories and the way these two talk to each other displays the closeness of their relationship.
Once the sun has set Jjajja lights candles and delights his grandson with stories from his huge pile of books, bringing the tales to live with his passionate storytelling. These scenes were inspired by the author’s own Jjajja who also kept a stack of books and shared many stories.
Sandra van Doorn’s illustrations are soft and emotive, perfectly matched to the endearing relationship between grandfather and grandson. This book also opens up the opportunity for readers to find out more about Ugandan culture with many foods, places, activities and words to discover.
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Many thanks to Lantana Publishing for sending a copy of this book for review.
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