Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya

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.
Mama Panya s Pancakes A Village Tale from Kenya 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 impor

  • Title: Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya
  • Author: Mary Chamberlin Rich Chamberlin Julia Cairns
  • ISBN: 9781905236640
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya”

    1. Chamberlin, M & Chamberlin, R. (2005). Mama Panya's pancakes: A village tale from Kenya. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya is such a great cultural book. In this book we see Adika and his mother, Mama Panya, travel to the market for ingredients to make pancakes. On their way, Adika keeps inviting friends and Mama Panya is worried that she does not have enough money to buy extra ingredients. Nonetheless, Mama Panya does not stop Adika. In the end [...]

    2. Mama Panya's Pancakes is a tale from Kenya written by Richard Chamberlin. This story follows a mother and her young boy as they go through their village to buy the ingredients for the perfect Kenyan pancakes. Throughout their trip, the young boy invites many villagers to the house for his mother's delicious pancakes - much to her dismay. With lots of guests arriving shortly, will there be enough ingredients to make enough pancakes for everyone to eat?This tale is an excellent read and focuses la [...]

    3. Personal Review- I found this book to be very interesting and fun. It is a very light hearted tale that teaches children about sharing, community, and happiness. Children will be captivated by the pictures and interesting words and facts in this book.Purpose- K-3- This book has many lessons and themes woven through it's pages. This would be a great book to teach children about working together, kindness, and sharing. There are many facts about Kenya which would be great for teachers if they were [...]

    4. I ordered this from the library because Little Cherub loves pancakes. When it arrived it looked too wordy and "old" for a nearly two year old, and she showed no interest. After sitting in her book basket for a couple of months she suddenly latched on to it and has wanted it re-read regularly. I don't know how much she gets of the story, but it is a lovely book for illustrating generosity. A Kenyan boy goes shopping with his mother and ends up inviting all their friends for pancakes. His mother w [...]

    5. A quote on the back of my copy of this book states that it is, "a great introduction to landscape and people of East Africa." Though this is a children's book, I still find this assertion highly problematic. As a Kenyan with a degree in African Studies, I have a few critiques.I could tell that the authors weren't from Kenya from the second page of this book. None of the flow and rhythm found in Swahili children's books and which is found in most African oral stories was evident in this book. Ove [...]

    6. I liked how at the end of the book it told us about the different facts about Kenya, it even told us how to make Mama Panya's pancakes. This book could be used as a "window" to show other kids what life is like in Kenya.

    7. Genre: Children's Traditional Literature Unique feature: Introduces readers to the Kenyan culture and is a beautiful story about community. Also, includes a pancake recipe!Grades suggested: K-2nd

    8. Mama Panya's Pancakes is about a young boy named Adika and his Mother (Panya) who visit the local market to buy ingredients for Panya to make pancakes. Along the way Adika invites all of their friends that they see to join them for dinner. Mama Panya wants Adika to stop inviting everyone because they may not have enough. In the end, everyone shows up but brings something to add to the meal/experience and everyone has enough to eat.Personally, I found this book to be very boring. While it was abo [...]

    9. This is an inspiring tale about a boy and his mother who share what little they have with people from their village. In the end their giving nature inspires the invited guests to give as well; creating a dinner that has more than enough food to feed everyone. The author uses language to make the point that they do not have enough food for all their guests by having Mama Panya ask Adika to stop inviting more friends. This creates a stronger message of the importance of sharing when at the end of [...]

    10. I really enjoyed Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya, it was very heart warming and eye opening to see a young boy who knew that he had so little, share so much. Adika and his mother are taking their weekly trip to the village to buy fresh goods. Adika really wants a pancake night and he loves his mother's famous recipe, she is already one step ahead of him and plans to make a special dinner for them two that night. Along the way to the village Adika invited every person he sees to [...]

    11. First, let me mention for those interested in the subject that this book shows babywearing in the background in one of the spreads.The moral of the story, how a simple dinner became a feast when "all their friends" were invited to share it, is neither overly expressed nor too subtle for little ones. The illustrations are bright and colorful, this book will attract a lot of attention :)Please note that it's a bit wordy, probably suited for the older of the 4-8 crowd. The same advice *definitely* [...]

    12. This book Mama Panya’s Pancakes: A Village Tale from Kenya, is a neat little story of a girl named Adika and her mother Panya. In this story Adika and her mother are going to go to the market to buy ingredients for pancakes but little Adika is always a step ahead of her mother. Along the way to the market Adika and her mother come across friends; Adika wastes no time in inviting them all to enjoy the pancakes her mother will be cooking. Panya, Adika’s mother, lets Adika know that she is a li [...]

    13. This book allows children to see into the life of a young boy from Kenya, Adika. His mother, Mama Panya, is planning to make pancakes that night, and she is on her way to the market with Adika to buy the ingredients. Adika begins to ask everyone he sees along the way to come over to his home for pancakes that night. Mama Panya becomes worried that she will not be able to afford enough ingredients to feed all of their guests as well as themselves. However, all of their friends bring gifts for Adi [...]

    14. CIP: Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around.Review: In the tradition of "Stone Soup" this is a lovely story of having enough when it seems impossible for everyone to be fed. Colorful illustrations depict a typical day in Kenyan culture. In addition, there is a fabulous section at the back of the book where you find out more about a typical day in Kenya, [...]

    15. 'Mama Panya's Pancakes', it is a village tale from Kenya. The story is about a son (Adika) and his mother (Mama Panya) travelling to market to buy the ingredients for making pancakes. While they were on their way to the market 'Adika' keeps inviting all his friends whom he passes by, for their pancake dinner. Mama Panya seemed to be worried about this, as she does not have enough money to buy the ingredients for everbody. Towards the end of the story, all of Akika's friends turns up for 'pancake [...]

    16. Labeled as "A Village Tale from Kenya" this book follows a mother and her son as they go to market and he invites most of the village for dinner because his mom is making her famous pancakes. The mother is worried about having enough food, but each person who comes to dinner brings plenty to eat. In the back of the book, there is a picture and description of village life, a glossary of animals and nature featured in the illustrations, an explanation of what we call the Swahili language and a glo [...]

    17. This generosity tale grows as Mama Panya and Adika head to market to buy supplies to make pancakes and Adika continues to invite more friends along the way, but of course everything works out fine by the end. The lengthy end notes contain awkwardly laid out pages about village life in Kenya, animals, Kiswahili, a map with random facts, and a recipe for pancakes. This book felt like a miss to me. The story is too predictable and seems to trivialize poverty, and the end notes are a jumble of thing [...]

    18. This is a beautiful story. Although the story is set in Kenya, it has a universal theme of community. The author does a great job conveying both Adika's excitement and Mama's worries. An evening's dinner becomes a community feast, which adds to the fun. The illustrations are wonderful. The pages are bright and filled with lots of color, ultimately engaging the listener/reader in the excitement.To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.

    19. Touching story that teaches sharing and kindness. It can also be used for a social studies lesson. It has information on Kenya. The language spoken and the animals in Africa. There is even a dictionary to help with pronouncing difficult African words. This book is very versatile and can be used over and over for a variety of lessons and I think it will be a great addition to my classroom library.

    20. A sweet book about sharing what little resources you have. It's a good example of learning about other cultures without literary multi-culti-tourism. I wish I could like it more but, as usual, I am bothered by the not-vegan-ness (children hitting cattle with sticks, fishing, animal milk and butter, leather). Oh, how I wish the world didn't exploit animals. Anyway- I want to try the pancake recipe at the end of the book (vegan!). I'd give it 5 stars if my ethics weren't in conflict.

    21. I loved this beautifully illustrated story about sharing and friendship. There’s just the right amount of story, pictures, and some very interesting educational information (about rural Kenya, the people and how they live, the languages with vocabulary, the geography via a map, and even a [vegan!] pancake recipe) that follows the story. I loved the story’s message but I think my very favorite parts were seeing what the dog in the story was observing and doing.

    22. A great book showing students or children that sharing is important and sometimes that means sharing all you have. This book shows students poverty and how some share all that they have because they enjoy others company. They also see that even though they share all that they have, others too share back with maybe all that they have. Moral of the story is to share and be a good person to everyone you come in contact with.

    23. Outstanding in every respect - from illustrations that show the countryside/flora/& fauna of Kenya to the heartwarming tale of the joy of sharing even when you don't have much. Includes information about the people, village life, school, and language of Kenya. You'll also find a map of Kenya and even a recipe for Mama's pancakes.

    24. This was a delightful story about a young boy who invites his friends in the village to his house for dinner even though his mama only has a small amount of money. The people come to dinner and to the mother's surprise, they all bring food to help out and even bring extra food for being invited. I enjoyed the message and the pictures are beautiful.

    25. This was a very nice picture book about sharing and generosity and feeling a little selfish about being generous (but everything working out in the end). I liked the story and illustrations. I also liked that there was extra stuff at the back - some Kiswahili words, information about Kenya, and a recipe for Kenyan pancakes (my fave).

    26. Another good picture book about life in Kenya. This one taught me that Swahili actually refers to the people, not a language -- Swahili literally means "coast people." Kiswahili means "speaking the language of the coast people." So when people say Swahili to refer to a language, what they actually mean is Kiswahili, which is a mixture of Bantu (a native African language) and Arabic.

    27. In this book, Adika and his mother set off for the market so she can make some pancakes. Along the journey, his mother gets overwhelmed with the amount of people he invites. However, in the end it shows students that if everyone works together there will be more than enough for everyone. This is an informational book that also includes facts about Kenya and samples of their language.

    28. Mama Panya has but a few coins to buy groceries for dinner (pancakes), but her son invites nearly everyone they meet to join them for pancakes. She is really getting worried, but everyone brings a little something and they have a fine time with plenty for all. Nice illustrations and story.

    29. Sweet story about a little boy named Adika who loves pancakes. On the way to the village to buy supplies, he invites lots of friends to eat his mama's pancakes that night. She is concerned though that she will not be able to fix enough to feed everyone. C. 2006, genre- concept

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