Sleep Well, Siba & Saba
Forgetful Ugandan sisters Siba and Saba are always losing something. Sandals, slippers, sweatersyou name it, they lose it. When the two sisters fall asleep each night, they dream about the things they have lost that day. Until, one night, their dreams begin to reveal something entirely unexpected,
For those of us who lose items, Isdahl’s tale rings true. Siba and Saba are sisters living in Uganda. The story deals with geography of Uganda as well as numbers. The essence of the story is during your sleep, dream of your future and not on the losses of the past. This concept is appropriate for Ugandans who have endured much conflict over the years. The illustrator van Doorn uses visual humor to catch readers’ eyes. The birds flying across the page draw the reader into the story. The final illustration shows a sign post with many destinations. The hopes and fears presented in this book are similar for children around the world.
Reviewed by Patricia Kuntz, Ph.D
Published in Africa Access Review (March 22, 2019)
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