Bimwili and the Zimwi

  • Title: Bimwili and the Zimwi
  • Author: Verna Aardema Susan Meddaugh
  • ISBN: 9780140546088
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bimwili and the Zimwi A Swahili girl is abducted by a Zimwi and told to be the voice inside his singing drum
    A Swahili girl is abducted by a Zimwi and told to be the voice inside his singing drum.

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    About Verna Aardema Susan Meddaugh


    1. Verna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen 6 June 1911 11 May 2000 , best known by the name Verna Aardema, was an American author of children s books.Born in New Era, Michigan she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A of Journalism in 1934 She worked as a grade school teacher from 1934 to 1973 and became a correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle in 1951, which lasted until 1972, the year before she retired from teaching elementary school.From the time she was a small girl, she knew that she would be a writer She spent every free second reading anything she could get her hands on In her Senior Year at Michigan State she won three writing contests, though not the first, they were the most influential in her decision to continue to follow her childhood dream She first considered writing for children when her daughter refused to eat until she d heard one of her mother s stories These bribes were often set in the places that she had been reading about recently, and as she became and interested in Africa, they began to be set there frequently.In 1960 she published her first set of stories, Tales from the Story Hat which were very successful, and so she continued to adapt traditional tales and folklore from distant cultures, usually from Africa and Mexico to expose young children to the vast variety of human expression.Her book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People s Ears 1975 , illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, received the Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977 Who s in Rabbit s House 1977 was the 1977 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner in 1978 Aardema received the Children s Reading Round Table Award in 1981, and several of her works have been selected as Notable Books by the American Library Association Her Oh Kojo How Could You won the 1984 Parents Choice Award for Literature.


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    1. This moving story originated in Zanzibar and is retold in a beautifully descriptive style by Aardema whose writing is complemented by equally lovely illustrations from Susan Meddaugh. It tells the story of a young girls first adventure from her village and how negligence can end in disaster, but that a families love will always prevail in keeping one safe. Bimwili, our heroine, is captured on her adventure by an evil Zimwi who hides her inside a drum and uses her lovely singing to make his fortu [...]

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    2. Creepy! This is Hansel and Gretel on steroids; don't read this to your young one if they are afraid of being taken away by green creatures and made to sing in a drum! The story line was very complex and entertaining, though scary, and there seemed to be some morality and family consequence tales in the mix. But the little girl didn't learn much, and the men did all the important things, which seemed particularly sexist as the Mama and the sisters did all the research.

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    3. My first impression of this book is that it was full of excitement, mild suspense, and happiness all in the same book. The illustrations were beautiful and the story was well told with all of the chants, repeating songs, and diverse characters. This is basically about a young girl's first adventure outside of her Swahili village and how failing to take care of something can end with failure. This also teaches that a family will always keep each other safe and watch out for one another. Bimwili i [...]

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    4. A folktale from Zanzibar. The story tells of three sisters in a Swahili village who set out on a journey to the sea. The youngest sibling trails behind, finding a lovely shell. She creates a song about her shell that she soon is forced to sing for the village monster-- the Zimwi. The singer is captures and contains the young girl in a drum. This funny looking monster entertains neighboring villages with this "singing drum". Before she reunites with her family, she has to defeat this shape-shifti [...]

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    5. Great fun book with a good lesson and though it could've failed with a younger audience due to it's length and the lack of concentration younger kids harbor, the onomatopoeia, made up words, and the illustrations helped bring to book to life. My sister hung onto every word as I read. Great retelling of a folk tale.

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    6. Traditional literature, African folk taleThis is a freaky story about a little girl who gets separated from her sisters during a walk. In the style of "Little Red Riding Hood" a super creepy creature (The Zimwi) gradually draws her closer to him, then captures her. Scary! The theme of listening to parents' warnings is central. An extra star for building tension.

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    7. My mother gave me this book when I was in Kindergarten and I have loved it ever since. I read it to my niece when she comes over and I plan to read it to my own children. It is a great book with beautiful pictures and a fascinating story with a strong message.

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    8. Uh, sorta weird, but cute. And a lesson.

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    9. Three sisters on a trip to the sea. What is in store for them? Another great African tale brought to story! All children will love this book of color and vibrancy.

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    10. I read this story on my own in kindergarten. Now I'm twenty three and I still remember the story and the lesson it taught. What does THAT tell you?

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