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  • eBook Edition
    • 978-1-4602-5868-2
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    • 978-1-4602-5867-5
    • 8.5 x 11.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 80 pages
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    • 978-1-5255-8736-8
    • 8.5 x 11.0 inches
    • Standard Color interior
    • 80 pages
  • Keywords
    • Lingala,
    • Girls and their fathers,
    • Loneliness,
    • Adventure,
    • Democratic Republic of Congo,
    • Africa,
    • Anthropomorphism

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A Little Girl's Journey
by Elle Perrault

All seems peaceful and quiet in the Yangambi Forest, but not for Oni. She misses Tata, her father. “A little girl needs her father!” the spirit animals agree. So, they secretly watch over Oni as she embarks on a long journey that is colorful, spiritual, and even sometimes dangerous. Walk, swim, and soar with Oni on her journey filled with rich Lingala vocabulary words and phrases. The ancient Bantu people of the Democratic Republic of Congo will speak to you as you linger inside the lushly illustrated rainforest’s pages. And you may stay as long as you want. “Mobembo na Yangambi!”

“A vivid, bold picture book that reads like an age-old folk tale.” —Kirkus Reviews “The visual art and poetic words of the English and African languages are the opening gates into a luscious jungle of imagination and wonder. Ages 5-10 are recommended; boys and girls encouraged.” —Alyce Smith Cooper “The Golden-Brown Fairy Godmother” Ancestral Storyteller, Writer, Poet

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Elle Perrault is a new author residing in Southern California. She has spent over forty years as an educator and curriculum specialist with the California Department of Education, making contributions to the field of early childhood assessment and quality classroom instruction. In 1996, she received the California Teachers of the Year Award. Elle served as the director of the Agape International Children’s Choir for 20 years. In 2015, she wrote and produced the music album Spirit Soup—a collaboration of inspirational songs written with children and parents. Always focused on the healthy growth and development of children and families, Elle continues to contribute to her beloved community.


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