Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Sudan Project

It’s hard to turn on the news and not get a report about the plight of people in Africa. Those in Darfur, in the Sudan, have been in the news a lot, with horrific stories about the death of thousands of people in that part of the word. Melissa Leembruggen, a member of the Ginghamsburg Church, was so touched with the story of these people, she decided to write a book for children to help them understand what’s happening there; thus, The Sudan Project was created. In addition to being the title of the book, The Sudan Project is a special endeavor, sponsored by the Ginghamsburg Church, to help the people of Darfur. The church has been active in relief work in the region.

But this is more than just a story about Darfur and the Sudan Project. It is an interactive book, written partially as an alphabet book. Each letter of the alphabet features a short blurb and a short poem about the subject matter. Most of the sections include questions the author asks about the reader’s thoughts.

Many words are highlighted in the text and are later defined in a Glossary in the book’s end matter. There is also a section called “Unit Study Plan” which gives simple ideas for learning more about the Sudan Project. The lesson ideas are broken down into different study areas, like geography, science, history and art. Additional end material includes: “Questions for Further Discussion,” “Hands-on Involvement,” and a recipe for traditional Sudanese Lamb Stew.

The illustrations are mostly photos of people, places and things in the region that go along with the corresponding letter of the alphabet.

What I Like: Everything. This book provides a comprehensive look at the Sudan region and what is happening there. Its format is ideal for children, making it a perfect learning tool for the school or church classroom.

What I Dislike: Nothing.

Overall Rating: Excellent.

Age Appeal: 9-12.

Publisher Info: Abingdon Press, 2007; ISBN: 068765050X; Paperback, $10.00.

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Special Info: Read an interview with the author at this website.

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