for Babu's Song by S.A. Bodeen and Aaron Boyd
40 Books about Sports, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Children's Africana Book Award, African Studies Association
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Parents' Choice Recommended, Parents' Choice Foundation
Story Telling World Award, Storytelling Magazine
The story of a young Tanzanian boy who learns a lesson about family love after selling the special music box his grandfather made for him.
Bernardi loves to play soccer and would love to go to school too, but he and his grandfather, Babu, cannot afford to pay for schooling. Babu makes toys and Bernardi sells them at the market. Together they make enough money to get by.
One night Babu gives Bernardi a special gift -- a handmade music box that plays a song Babu used to sing when he still had his voice. That night and many nights after, Bernardi falls asleep listening to Babu's song.
At the market the next Saturday, a tourist offers Bernardi so much money for the music box, he cannot resist. Now he can buy the new soccer ball he has always wanted! When Bernardi returns home his difficult dilemma is resolved in a surprising turn of events that strengthens the love he and Babu share.
Set in contemporary Tanzania, this warm and tender intergenerational story is sure to touch readers of all ages.