lifting the minds and aspirations of our young

            that they may lift our world to a perfect humanity

The Old Woman and the Girl Who Didn’t like to Read

“The Old Woman and the Girl Who Didn’t like to Read is a beautifully written African tale about discovering the joy of literacy. The tale is about a young girl who reluctantly accepts a rare, old book as a gift from an old woman and soon becomes part of the story as she is reading it. Her vivid imagination transports her to the ancient African Kingdom of Benin where she sees a world of beauty and splendor. The tale celebrates the exquisite joy of reading while ensuring that all young children and students who read it learn some truly important facts about the ancient ancestral roots of African Americans. This book should be part of every classroom library.”

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

Cecilia Cannon
Associate Superintendent
Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Development

      SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

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“It gives me great pleasure to provide this endorsement for the series of African fables and tales written by K. Christopher Toussaint. The Trenton Public School District, which is located in the capital of New Jersey, enrolls a large African-American population and has a vision to provide all students with a better understanding of their world and the larger global society. I enjoyed reading the newest edition of the series, The Old Woman and the Little Girl Who Didn’t Like to Read. I found the book to be pedagogically exceptional. The book is beautifully crafted and excellent for classroom use. Its presentation of maps, illustrations, and interdisciplinary lessons provides teachers with strategies and activities unlike any other children’s literature series. The enriching lessons integrate mathematics, science, history, language, and geography. The maps, graphics and illustrations provide students with a vivid representation that allows them to understand other places in the world. This book is essential reading for both elementary and middle school students…”

TRENTON BOARD OF EDUCATION

Darwin P. Williams, Ed.D.
Deputy Superintendent
Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Development

      TRENTON BOARD OF EDUCATION

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The African American Museum in Philadelphia is honored to endorse this much needed book. It is an extraordinarily creative book that provides useful insights about the value of reading as seen through the eyes of a young child. While clearly designed to reinforced literacy, this book also bridges gaps across generations in its portrayal of a little village girl who meets and socially interacts with an elderly person…By reading the story of The Old Woman and the Little Girl Who Didn’t Like to Read, young students will at once experience the immense value of reading.”

1THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN PHILADELPHIA

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN PHILADELPHIA
Celebrating the Life and Contributions of a People

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The Old Hermit and The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Laughing

The Old Hermit and The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Laughing is a truly interesting book that provides an astonishing lesson to capture and challenge the minds of young people. The book’s well-constructed imagery allows the reader to understand and embrace the fable’s universal message, which is centered on the idea of the moral consequences of one’s actions toward someone who is different. But the book is as amusing as it is educational.”

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE

THE PHILADELPHIA TRIBUNE
America’s Oldest Continuously Published

African American Newspaper

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The Old Hermit and The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Laughing is a story for our times where human values, such as compassion and respect, seem to have taken a lower place in importance. Although an entertaining children’s book, it has an important social message for parents and caregivers to read and share with children.”

 

Muriel Feelings
Author of several children’s books,

Including Moja Means One: A Swahili Counting Book

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The Porcupine and the Boa Constrictor

The Porcupine and the Boa Constrictor is a significant book for both children and adults. It is a genuine fable that contains many guidelines for language-study, social studies, geography, and world history. It is worthwhile reading in the home as well as in the classroom.”

 

Anna B. Young, Ed.D.
Retired Educator College of New Jersey

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Our books are being used by the following school districts, schools, public libraries, and other institutions

PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS

The School District of Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
The Newark Public Schools – Newark, NJ
The Camden Public School District – Camden, NJ
The East Orange School District – East Orange, NJ

HIGH SCHOOLS

Motivation High School - Philadelphia, PA
Overbrook High School - Philadelphia, PA

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Wynnfield Academy - Philadelphia, PA

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Harambe Institute of Science and Technology -Philadelphia, PA
Imani Charter School - Philadelphia, PA
Renaissance Charter School - Philadelphia, PA
Universal Charter School - Philadelphia, PA

OTHER SCHOOLS

East Lansdowne Basic School - Lansdowne, PA
Edison Computer School - Lansdowne, PA
Parkside Elementary School - Camden, NJ

OTHER INSTITUTIONS

African Cultural Alliance of North America - Philadelphia, PA
The African American Historical Museum - Philadelphia, PA

LIBRARIES

Dallas Public Library – Dallas, TX
The Philadelphia Public Library – Philadelphia, PA
Hawaii Public Library – Honolulu, HI
Brooklyn Public Library – Brooklyn, NY