4040 Book Review
For The Children We Were
Reviewed by: Brenda Banura
How many times have you read a book describing things and places that you cannot relate to? For a number of African children that happens several times. This is because there aren’t many books written specially for African children. It can make reading uninteresting. It is for this reason that The 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation (4040) recently published a collection of four different books under the theme; For The Children We Were.
All stories are written by Ugandan writers, for you. You will relate to them easily. To start with, the story characters, have names that are the same as yours, your friends’ or classmates’. The places are those you have either been to or heard about. The things talked about in the stories such as rolex, boda boda, taxis are those you see all around you. You will see yourselves and your surroundings in the tales about holidays spent in the village, experiencing rush hour in the city and a lot more. They are real and that is what makes them enjoyable.
There are so many stories that I like a lot in the different books. One of my favourite stories is in Book Two. It is titled Omoding. It is about a boy who doesn’t listen to his mother and as a result gets in trouble. I like how the story is written, in some parts, it is fast paced, you will read without blinking. Then it is sad and fills you with worry. There is a bit of suspense in here as well which makes it feel like a movie is playing in your head as you read it.
There are very many lessons for you to learn from the different stories. The topics covered are many, you will not get bored. There are stories on courage, obedience, bullying, respect and a lot more. Many of the stories are very easy to understand. Some might need you to concentrate a little harder and that might be because you are still a young reader. Either way, it is best to get yourself a copy of each of the four books. Altogether, the books have 18 stories, each book has four to five stories.
4040 is a charity group of youth who support vulnerable children and youth. These books were published as part of their Angaza program. Under Angaza, the 4040 volunteers carry out activities with an aim of helping children learn and develop a love for reading and writing. Writing these stories is one of the activities.
4040 is encouraging you to buy a book, for your children and children that cannot afford to in your community.
Where to buy the books
A book costs Shs10,000. You need Shs40,000 for the entire collection. Books are available at; Book Point at Village Mall. You can also buy them from Crane plaza, Shop FO4 in Kisementi. Your can visit www.ttpafrica.com and order for the books. Alternatively, you can contact 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation through their website 40daysover40smiles.org or their social media pages.