Maddy's Amazing African Birthday

Maddy's Amazing African Birthday


By Megan K. Willians


Maddy's trip to Africa was an experience she'll never forget, and for reasons that might surprise you...

This is the true story of Maddy, who was given a once-in-a-lifetime gift for her tenth birthday: to visit Tanzania with her photographer uncle, Alessandro. Maddy was impressed by the beautiful landscapes and the amazing animals she saw, but most of all she was struck by the wonderful people she met there. This is the story of Maddy’s trip, illustrated with photographs taken by her and her uncle.

“People who have never been to Africa tend to see it as it’s reported in the media – either as a place of suffering or else a place where majestic animals wander in the wilds. Maddy didn’t come home feeling sorry for Africans, but instead totally excited about all the people she’d met and the different ways they lived.” – author Megan K. Williams

Book includes sidebars with interesting facts about Tanzania – like how to say some basic words in Swahili and information about the African Elephant.

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About the Author

An award-winning writer, Megan K. Williams received a Pulitzer Fellowship from the Columbia School of Journalism. The author of numerous articles and works of fiction, her education and writing career have taken her to Montreal, Italy, and New York. She now lives in Rome with her partner and two children.

Product Information

  • Release: April 1, 2009
  • $12.95 Paperback
  • 32 Pages
  • 8.5 x 9
  • Children’s Nonfiction Picture Book
  • Ages 7-10 / Grades 2-5
  • Guided Reading: P
  • ISBN: 9781897187470


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    Family & Friendship
  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures

Praise for Maddy's Amazing African Birthday

"The photographs are colorful and clear, helping readers visualize the region and encouraging close examination. Through relating her special trip, Maddy paints vivid images of what she was lucky enough to have experienced." - School Library Journal

"This format is a much-appreciated departure from the traditional foreign country non-fiction books offered for this age group. It will make you wish you had an Uncle Alessandro of your own!" - Kutztown University Book Review

"Telling the story in the first person is very effective in that it allows Maddy to share her feelings about what she is experiencing—from her sense of disappointment in the safari’s not meeting her expectations at first, to her sense of awe and wonder in seeing how other people live, and her compassion for the children whose parents cannot afford medicine for them." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials