The Matatu by Eric Walters

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Kioko had been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he could remember. But today, for his fifth birthday, he climbs aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, the village dogs chase after them. When Kioko asks his grandfather why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus, his grandfather tells him an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with many unexpected turns and twists along the way.

About Eric Walters

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Eric Walters is the bestselling author of over seventy books, which have been translated into thirteen languages and have won over eighty awards. He lives in Mississauga, Ontario, where he divides his time between writing, presenting to schools around the world and running an organization that serves the needs of orphans in Kikima, Kenya ( For further information about Eric, go to 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 art exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Ghana, Barbados and Britain. She teaches visual art at Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia. For further information about Eva, go to
Published April 1, 2012 by Orca Book Publishers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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A modern Kenyan folktale about the colorful vans that carry people, animals and supplies underpins a story about Kioko, an astute but literal-minded boy, and his grandfather.

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Onboard, the boy’s grandfather shares a Kamba folktale about why dogs chase after the matatu, goats run away from it, and the sheep do nothing (riding on the matatu one day, the sheep pays exact fair, the dog overpays and expects change, while the goat skips away without paying).

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Kioko lives in a village in Kenya, Africa, and has always been fascinated with the matatus (buses).

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