From the Heart of Africa: A book of Wisdom

Category: Book
Compiled By: Walters, Eric
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Canadian
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Language Arts / General
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / Africa
  JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Customs, Traditions, Anthropology
Publisher: Tundra Books
Published: January 2018
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 40
Size: 10.38in x 10.25in x 0.42in
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$ 21.99
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From The Publisher*A collection of African wisdom gorgeously illustrated by artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and more.

Aphorisms are universal. They give guidance, context and instruction for life's issues, and they help us understand each other and the world around us. We use them every day, yet never think about where they came from or why they exist.

In this beautifully illustrated collection, Eric Walters brings us classic sayings from the places where this shared wisdom began. Ashanti, Sukuma, Akan and Kikuyu: all of these cultures use the portable and easily shared knowledge contained in aphorisms, and from these cultures and more this communal knowledge spread.

This book is a celebration of art, of community and of our common history.
Review Quote*"This beautifully illustrated book of wisdom serves as a good introduction to maxims and also acts against the many prevalent negative stereotypes of African cultures and people-lovely and illuminating." --STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

"In this attractive picture book for older readers, Walters unites 15 aphorisms from a range of African cultures… This unique collection works both as a gift book and a handy model for classroom projects." --Booklist

"4/4… While Walters has offered his interpretation of the aphorisms' meanings, readers will undoubtedly want to proffer their own… its contents obviously speak to a much wider audience, including adults. Highly Recommended." --CM Magazine

"Colourful and bold typography with extremely minimal text-some of the aphorisms are only three words long-will instantly appeal to young and reluctant readers." --Quill & Quire
Biographical NoteA former social worker and elementary school teacher, ERIC WALTERS wrote his first novel, Stand Your Ground, in 1993. Since then he has written more than ninety books for children and young adults that together have won over a hundred awards. In 2014, Eric was named to the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest honors. In conjunction with his writing, Eric talks to tens of thousands of students in schools and libraries across the country each year. He also founded and runs Creation of Hope (, an organization dedicated to providing care for orphans in the rural Mbooni district in Kenya. Eric has three grown children. He lives with his wife in Guelph, Ontario.