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Light a Candle / Tumaini pasipo na Tumaini
Dual language (English & Swahili)
By (author): Godfrey Nkongolo By (author): Eric Walters Illustrated by: Eva Campbell
Godfrey Nkongolo , Eric Walters ,

Illustrated by :

Eva Campbell


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket
English, Swahili


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Oct 01, 2019
$19.95 CAD


10.75in x 8.75 x 0.38 in | 480 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


full color illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C013314
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Africa
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Historical fiction|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: First / new experiences and growing up / coming of age|c 1960 to c 1969|Interest age: from c 6 years
Silver Birch Award Express 2020, Short-listed Bank Street College of Education Best Books 2019, Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2020, Commended
  • Short Description
This dual-language English and Swahili picture book is inspired by the founding of Tanzania, told through the eyes of a young boy who climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to signify the country's independence.
Ngama climbs to light the way for a better tomorrow.

Co-written by Eric Walters and Godfrey Nkongolo, Light a Candle weaves non-fiction with fiction to tell the story of a boy coming of age in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The son of the village's chief climbs the mountain against his father’s wishes to fulfill a request of the country’s first leader, Julius Nyerere, to light a candle on the top of the mountain and unify the mainland of Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar as one country, the United Republic of Tanzania.

Godfrey Nkongolo is a doctoral student in political science with extensive experience working in international and community development in Tanzania. One of his passions both within his studies and beyond is to promote African thought and to show the world that Africa has a message of hope even though the story of Africa that is most widely known is one of despair. He now lives in Toronto with his family.

Eric Walters is a Member of the Order of Canada and the author of over 125 books that have collectively won more than 100 awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for The King of Jam Sandwiches. A former teacher, Eric began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. Eric is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

Contributor Website

Eva Campbell was born in Ghana and spent her childhood in Barbados and Jamaica. She studied painting at the College of Art in Ghana (BA) and the University of Victoria (MFA). Eva has had numerous art exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Ghana, Barbados, and Britain. She is the visual arts teacher at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia.

“This beautifully illustrated bilingual picture book combines simple language with complex ideas about freedom, peace, and independence...Would work well as an addition to any home, school, or classroom library, or as part of a writing unit working with themes of bravery, wisdom, and determination. Highly Recommended.”

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“An informative story...Campbell's colorful and highly textured paintings capture the vastness of the terrain and the vibrancy of the characters’ patterned clothing...The importance of freedom in Tanzania comes through clearly.” - Kirkus Reviews

“This is an excellent choice for a Read Aloud at the elementary level. Opportunities abound because not only could it introduce a unit on multicultural studies but also a unit on how fiction often mirrors history and can be developed to tell an inspirational story.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

“This beautifully illustrated book brings history to life for the young reader. With a positive message of hope and community building, Light a Candle would be a welcome addition to classroom and library shelves.” - Canadian Teacher Magazine

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