ISBN 9789988550448
Pages 35
Dimensions 100 x 100 mm
Illustrations Colour Illustrations
Published 1984
Publisher Sub-Saharan Publishers, Ghana
Format Paperback

Chipo and the Bird on the Hill

A Tale of Ancient Zimbabwe

by Meshack Asare

Two children, Chipo and Dambudzo set out in search of a big stone bird at Great Zimbabwe after Sekuru tells them the story of how this bird guided their ancestors to a hill. All the mysteries of the ancient ruins come alive as the children slip away from their duties to climb the hill in search of the bird. The story is set in the 'Great Zimbabwe' of 700 years ago. Great Zimbabwe was built by Shona-speaking people who lived there and was where the most powerful rulers of the south-eastern interior of Africa lived. It was an organised and prosperous state. The story and illustrations are the author's impressions of how life in Great Zimbabwe might have been when it was full of huts, footpaths, cooking fires, people laughing and chatting and cock-crowing.

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About the Author

Meshack Asare

Meshack Asare is one of Africa's top children's writers and illustrators, and has won numerous awards including being the 2015 recipient of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, he is the first African to win the award. In 1982 he won The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and in 1999 the Toyota/Children's Literature Foundation Best Picture Story Book Illustrator's award and the Unesco First Prize for Children and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.

Meshack Asare, born 1945 in Ghana, studied Fine Arts at the College of Art in Kumasi and taught in Ghana for 12 years between 1967 and 1979. During that period, he took an extension course in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin.

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