I can’t believe it’s the last stop on our yearlong journey of learning about Children around the World with Winter Promise! We ended our year in Southern Africa, and it was so much fun!
One of our favorite restaurants here in Penang is Nando’s, and it’s actually a South African restaurant. It’s a little far from our house so we don’t go very often, but we made sure to get there this week, and it was so yummy!
Bignificent made some wonderful notebooking pages with the templates she downloaded from NotebookingPages.com this week as she delved deeper into two cultures of Southern Africa, the Pygmies and the Ndebele.
I’m finding it so interesting to see the aspects of culture that she gravitates toward as I give her free rein in her research. She seems to be fascinated with textiles (especially beadwork) and food as well as home construction. I’m keen to see how these interests will play out in her life as she grows up.
Books about Southern Africa
We have lots of great books about Southern Africa to share with you this week! I’m including affiliate links to Amazon (and above to NotebookingPages.com) for your convenience and to support our family a little bit. I’ll try to indicate which country in Southern Africa each book is about if it’s not indicated in the title.
- The Gifted Guitar by Carmen Rubin – Inspired by the life of South African guitarist, Jonathan Butler, this book inspires kids to play instruments and to use their gifts to help others.
- Party Croc!: A Folktale from Zimbabwe by Margaret Read MacDonald
- Voice in the Night: The True Story of a Man and the Miracles That Are Changing Africa by Pastor Surprise, a South African pastor
- African Fables by Fred Zindi
- Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa by David Livingstone – this one is a freebie!
- Journey to Jo’Burg: A South African Story by Beverley Naidoo
- Eleven Miles by Lance Greenfield – a fictional story based upon a true-life situation in Botswana in which a young girl walks eleven miles a day to go to secondary school
- Games Batswana Children Love to Play by Bobi-Prito Kealeboga
- Escape from the Slave Traders by Dave and Neta Jackson – Like the other books in this series, it features fictional children who come in contact with real-life missionary David Livingstone.
- David Livingstone: Africa’s Trailblazer by Janet and Geoff Benge
And with that, WE MADE IT! We finished our journey around the world. And it was awesome! Thanks for joining us on our journey, and if you missed any of our stops, please check out our Children Around the World landing page and do some hopping around!