Rooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe and against all odds achieved her dreams of attaining a PhD in America. Today, she continues to fulfill her sacred purpose by serving her community through Tererai Trent International, an organization which provides universal access to quality education while empowering rural communities. Hailed by Oprah Winfrey as her “All-time Favorite Guest” Tererai is also an internationally acclaimed voice for education and women’s empowerment. Her favorite motto is “Tinogona,” meaning, “It is achievable!”
Lori Grainger is an award-winning elementary school teacher from Salinas, California. An educator for more than 20 years, she thoroughly enjoys starting every school day by reading a picture book to her young students. She has three, beautiful adult children and lives with her husband, Joe, and their dog, Chuck. This is her first children’s book.
Zandi Finds Ubuntu
Is a warm, gentle story about a little girl, Zandi, who is growing up on the savannas of Zimbabwe, Africa. During the story she discovers how character traits exhibited by animals are similar to those seen in people. The story teaches the importance of friendship, love, hard-work, loyalty, trustworthiness, and determination in achieving “Ubuntu”, or the meaning of life and happiness.
Irene Roth, Book Reviewer | 12/13/2016
This is a wonderful picture book for kids about how to live a life filled with friendship, hard-work, loyalty, trustworthiness and determination. It is what makes the world a better place.
Zandi loves nature. She marvels at the trees and loves to watch life unfolding. She also sees a lot of colourful birds and snakes. She especially loves to sit beneath the baobab tree. Zandi also loved the animals that she encountered on her walks home and the sweet scent of the savanna. On one walk, she encountered a herd of stripped zebras grazing together with the wildebeest. They all seemed peaceful and got along with each other. They also protected each other. The friendship they shared reminded her of her own village."
As she walked further towards her home, she encountered four pairs of monkey eyes looking at her from a mukute tree. The monkeys all seemed to get along too and they were a loving family. Zandi encountered a few other animals along the way home and they always seemed to get along together and were peaceful. As she approached home, Tiger, her dog woofed at her. He missed her. Tiger was a loyal and trustworthy friend. When she came home, Grandma Gogo was calling for her. She was late and the cattle had to be herded back to the kraal.
Finally at the end of the day, under the bright moon, the whole family sat around an open fire and listened as Zandi shared her exciting day on the savanna. When she had finished telling the family everything that she saw, Grandma Gogo was so excited because Zandi discovered the true meaning of Ubuntu. To achieve Ubuntu you must be a friend to all, protect each other, and care for everyone you meet. That is where true happiness lies.
What a wonderful picture book for kids about an important message. It is a theme that is much needed today in our world where happiness is sought in all the wrong places.
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