I Know An Old Mzee…

I Know An Old Mzee Who Swallowed A Fly is a classic folk poem, retold in Uganda.The repetition and rhythm of the story makes this book a great read-aloud for children; furthermore, the striking illustration and collage style design of the book takes readers through a variety of landscapes and encounters with animals found in Uganda.It is an interesting way to introduce children to the geography and culture of this country in the heart of Africa. More in depth maps at the back of the book give further insight on one of Uganda’s most prominent features, the Nile River, as its begins its journey north to Egypt. This book is part of a greater effort to promote contextualized reading for East African young people, as well as for others around the world to enjoy more positive and lighthearted literature from the region.

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1. Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, The African Vet , Founder/CEO – Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda

This highly entertaining book helps children to appreciate the rich biodiversity we have in Uganda and the importance of coexisting with wildlife while promoting cross-cultural learning as it appeals to both African and Western cultures.

2. Okaka Opio Dokotum (Ph.D.), Head, Literature Department, Kyambogo University, Uganda.

A powerful retelling of an American narrative classic with a Ugandan flavor. The force of rhythm and performative potential makes this book magic for kids and adults!

3. Xenia Iwasykiw, Librarian, United Nations International School, New York.

This is exactly the type of book that we want for our library!

4. John Marsden, Australian Author

The old Mzee who swallowed a fly crackles with energy!”


Winner of the 2013 Silver Moonbeam Award for Multi-Cultural book!

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