White Ravens: Benin

1 book      

Benin (French) - 2007 - 102
Lalinon Gbado, Béatrice (text)
Diatta, Abdou Aimbandy (illus.)
Le dauphin de Gorée
(The dolphin of Gorée)
Cotonou, Benin : Ed. Ruisseaux d’Afrique [et al.], 2005. 31 p.
ISBN 99919-53-26-4
Senegal – Gorée Island – Penfriend – Diving
This picture book is set on Gorée, a tiny Senegalese island situated only a few kilometres off the coast of Senegal’s capital Dakar. René, a boy from Haiti, and his family spend their holidays in Senegal and seize the opportunity to visit René’s penfriend Habib, who lives on Gorée, formerly one of the main trading points for slaves. Upon leaving the ferry, the family spots a group of boys who jump from a rock diving for coins. Their elegance and skill makes them look like acrobats of the sky and the sea, like »real dolphins«. René discovers that his friend Habib is among them, and the two boys set off to explore the island. Combined with a story about friendship, this picture book offers a very interesting and child-friendly insight into the peculiarities of Gorée Island. (5+)