A Little Walk in Our Neighbourhood

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About the author:
JP Melville is from a small village in southern Ontario, where he grew up farming and building houses. On a hot summer's day, while milking the goats inside the barn, the dusty phone rang. Six months later he was working with women farmers in St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Thus began his varied career across Canada and around the world. His work has taken him to northern Alberta, to Bhutan and Tibet atop the Himalaya mountains, to Timbuktu in the Sahara Desert, into war zones and far beyond. He has always pre-occupied himself with writing in the slender cracks between time.

He now lives in Ottawa, Canada. He owns 40 acres of bush and an off-grid cabin. In his free time he works and bakes bread.

A Little Walk in Our Neighbourhood

Authored by JP Melville
Designed by Silvia Alfaro
Photographs by JP Melville
Edition: 1

Olivia, with her brother Ben, takes us on a neighbourly walk around the block in Bamako, Mali.
This child's story takes us on a journey, through pictures and paragraphs, each page a snapshot of the wonders and delightful small things as seen only through the eyes of a child. We get to meet donkeys in the street and a Tuareg nomad from the Sahara desert. We find bubble gum to buy, puddles and rocks, and giant satellite dishes. We learn respectfully about Ahmed, the shopkeeper, a Muslim who prays five times a day.

"A Little Walk in Our Neighbourhood" offers quietly compelling observations on society, the rich and the poor, living together side by side in one of the poorest cities in the world.

A definite read-out-loud discovery book for young and old alike.

Publication Date:
0973874279 / 9780973874273
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 7"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Juvenile Nonfiction / People & Places / Africa

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