Oklahoma Center for the Book 2009 Finalist Kim Doner takes us on a ride with Mama O (Chryssee Perry Martin) to feed and tend to the animals at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage. Kim is obviously a very accomplished illustrator. This, her ninth children’s book, is written by her in verse. You can tell her enthusiasm for her topic throughout the book.
The front and back inside covers share Kenyan words with their english equivalent. The last pages show pictures of the real Mama O and her animals with their many caregivers.
For a fun book with Kim Doner as illustrator, check out Molly Griffis’ The Buffalo in the Mall. If you’re looking for another one written by Kim, my favorite is Buffalo Dreams.
Buffalo in the Mall is for ages 4 to 7, and Buffalo Dreams for 7 and up.