Official Review: Salome and Gogo visit Soweto

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Official Review: Salome and Gogo visit Soweto

Post by Amagine » 01 Jan 2018, 16:58

[Following is an official review of "Salome and Gogo visit Soweto" by Cora Groenewald.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Many of our fondest memories from our childhood were the moments we spent with a loved one. Our cherished memories were the times when we went to the park with our mothers. It was when we baked cookies with our fathers. It was even the precious moments that we spent with a grandparent. In Cora Groenewald’s Salome and Gogo Visit Soweto, young readers will get a taste of South African culture, see some great illustrations and experience the love between Salome and her Gogo.

In the book, we are introduced to young Salome who enjoys spending time with her “Gogo,” which is a South African term for grandmother. After hearing many tales about Gogo’s homeland, Soweto, the two go on an adventure to experience the city that is full of color and magic. During their trip, the two visit many places in the city like the Orlando Towers, they try new foods, and later, they dance the night away. It becomes a trip that neither one of the will ever forget.

The first thing that caught my eye in the book were the illustrations. The illustrations were wonderfully drawn and gave me a great visual of the culture of Soweto. It is through the illustrations that I was able to see what the Orlando Towers look like and I was able to see the colorful fashion that is worn in the city. The language of the book helped to provide readers with insight to Soweto as well. The author gave much detail about the sounds of the city and the taste of the different foods. The book was created in a way where young readers can experience the same things as Salome.

Even though there are many positives I can give about the book, there is a negative. The biggest flaw of the book is the fact that it lacks a glossary at the end. This book can be seen as educational since it is educating its readers on the city of Soweto. There were many interesting terms that were introduced such as, “Gogo,” “Vetkoek,” and a few others. The author explained what some terms meant, but there were some that readers will have to guess at. If a glossary were included that explained the different terms or even gave more insight into certain things in the story; it would have been the perfect book on the culture of Soweto.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I’m sure that many young readers will as well. The illustrations and the language of the book were both well created. The book made its readers feel like they were actually in Soweto, tasting the food and dancing to the music. The one negative that I have to say about the book is the lack of a glossary for all the different terms that were in the text. A glossary would also help to promote the book as an educational and enriching read. I would definitely recommend this book to any young reader as I feel it is beneficial to read books about other cultures.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 05 Jan 2018, 00:45

Gogo is a cute name for a grandmother. I wonder what the term is for a grandfather.

I would also enjoy this book with its rich details about South Africa. A glossary would have added more teaching value for the young and old alike.

Thanks, Amagine, for this educative piece!

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 05 Jan 2018, 06:03

Lovely review. This is such an interesting book. It will be great to read about Salome's memories and adventure with her grandmother.
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Post by Joshuamoses80 » 05 Jan 2018, 07:41

Lovely review. This is an amazing book to read. It will b great to know more about Salome adventures.

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Post by Ihsan45 » 05 Jan 2018, 12:06

It's a lovely book for children to creating more adventures and to go forward in life.Every one must read it.

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Post by Hildah Mose » 05 Jan 2018, 12:32

Your review is really nice. It flows smoothly and is so insightful. I love the book already. Will check it out. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Lg_99 » 05 Jan 2018, 19:45

The representation of African cultures is really rare these days. I may give this book a try. The lack of a glossary is a bummer, but I think I'll manage somehow. Thank you for the review.

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Post by Kat Berg » 05 Jan 2018, 23:14

This looks like a book that I would most appreciate hard copy. Some books just need to be touched and have their physical pages turned. This is most especially true (for me) of books that have great illustrations. It is a plus that you get such an in-depth feel for the South African culture. It can be hard to do in a way that connects easily with people on the outside, but it is such a delight when it is well done.

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Post by inaramid » 06 Jan 2018, 10:38

I love these "tourism" type books! It's a nice way to introduce kids to other people, places, and cultures. Since expanding multicultural intelligence is all the rage in the educational sector right now, I feel that this book would fit nicely in the academe. Very informative review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Jan 2018, 11:04

I do enjoy the idea of a book of memories and telling us about the city. It's too bad about the lack of glossary. That would be important in a book with foreign terms. Thanks for the information.
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Post by bookowlie » 10 Jan 2018, 12:33

Great review as always. :) It's always a plus when a children's book is both entertaining and educational. I can see your point about the need for a glossary of foreign terms, since the words might be frustrating for kids (and adults, too!).
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Post by Ngo » 12 Feb 2018, 08:27

The book is really lovely though I didn't finish the relationship between Agogo and Salome sounds good. Interesting there.

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Post by Kalin Adi » 16 Feb 2018, 01:04

Just reading your review, I felt I wanted to visit Soweto myself and tried its delicious food and dance to their music. I agree a glossary will enrich this book. However, it seems attracting enough not only to young readers but also adults so they can learn about a different culture. Thanks for this colorful review!

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