On market day, Mama Panya's son Adika invites everyone he sees to a pancake dinner. How will Mama Panya ever feed them all? This clever and heartwarming story about Kenyan village life teaches the importance of sharing, even when you have little to give. Includes educational endnotes about life in Kenya.
Product Dimensions:10 x 9.75 inches
Page Count:40 pages
Age Range:Ages 4-10 years
Awards & Accolades
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award, 2001
Notable Books for a Global Society, 2005
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award, 2006
10 Picture Books about Africa that Teach Empathy, Pragmatic Mom Blog, 2017
"A lyrically written story...highlights the value of kindness, generosity and pulling together as a group" – Little Global Citizens
About the Contributors
Written by - Mary and Rich Chamberlin
Mary and Rich Chamberlin are a husband-and-wife writing team. They love to travel and have done so extensively, including trips to Kenya and Tanzania, where they contracted "Mal Afrique" -- the strong desire to return to that great continent. They are longtime members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and cofounders of several local writers' groups. When they aren't busy writing, Mary works as a freelance Television Producer and Director, and Rich as an engineer. Mary and Rich live in Illinois, USA, where they share their home with their dog, Trisha, and their French-Lop rabbit, Bean.
Illustrated by - Julia Cairns
Julia Cairns began her career as a fine artist in Botswana, Africa, where she lived for nine years. Though she now resides in the United States, Julia continues to be inspired by the joy and hopeful spirit that she found in the people of Botswana. Julia lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, two dogs, two horses and three chickens.