Up the downy dunes, across the dark, wide river and up and down the steep, steep mountain, Penda lovingly carries a bowl of milk to her father in the grasslands.

But will she manage to get it there without spilling a single drop?

Authentic setting drawn from the author's own experience, this is a wonderfully fun introduction for small children to a completely different culture.


Stephen Davies lives with his wife and two baby daughters amongst Fulani herders in West Africa, but regularly spends several months of the year in the UK. He speaks Fulfulde, accompanies cattle-drives, and has been involved in the set-up of a Fulfulde radio station. He also writes for the Guardian Weekly (Letters from Burkina Faso) and occasionally for the Sunday Times.

Christopher Corr was born in London and studied at The Royal College of Art. He has worked on numerous commissions including a Royal Mail millennium stamp about the UN Peace-keeping Force in Bosnia. He has also painted posters and cards and other materials for London Transport, National Aids Trust, Body Shop, Habitat and Ikea, UNICEF, Kensington & Chelsea Healthcare Authority, and Waterstones. His round the world travels provide the inspiration for his work.


This rich, vivid story is a great introduction for small children to different cultures.

Telegraph, Best Books of 2013

A riot of colour and simple emotion.

Sunday Telegraph, Best Children's Books for Summer

Corr’s intensely colored gouache paintings are an appealing mixture of simple figures and detailed patterns.

New York Times

A charming, positive story about resolve, family love and community spirit.

Children's Books Ireland, INIS

Delightful . . . A good one to share, and to read aloud

The School Librarian

A lovely book about trying hard, family and love.


A riot of colour and pattern abound in this heartwarming story of determination and family love

Red Reading Hub

This tale is a great story-time, read-aloud choice.


The rhythmic text and gouache folk art capture the vibrancy of life on the banks of the Niger River . . . Corr’s pictures burst with electric colors

Publisher's Weekly

Wonderfully colourful, exuberant look at African life

The Bookseller

Riotously colourful… It’s also a positive story celebrating family, love and community spirit


Full of movement and pattern and colour. A captivating book!

Books for Keeps

A second wonderfully colourful, exuberant look at African life from the creators of The Goggle-Eyed Goats.

Books for Keeps

Vibrant illustrations…a fabulous introduction to another culture.


Wonderfully bright and colouful introduction to life in an African village. Gentle, heart-warming story, accompanied by detailed, authentic illustrations.


An excellent way to introduce children to a different culture. The vibrancy of Niger and its people is stunningly brought alive by the illustrations.

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