In Tanzania, Bernardi's mute grandfather makes him a wonderful music box and then helps him realize his dream of owning a soccer ball and going to school.
Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Kinship Care; Poverty; Illness; Physical Disability; grandparents raising grandchildren; living in poverty; financial hardship; adult with an illness; mute
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2004
Choices, 2004 Picture Books for School-Age Children
Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 2004 - 2005; Grades K-3
South Carolina Picture Book Award, 2006
West Virginia Children's Book Award, 2004 - 2005
Children's Africana Book Award, 2004, Winner, Best Book for Young Children
Parents' Choice Award, 2003, Recommended, Picture Book
Storytelling World Resource Award, 2004, Winner, Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners
soccer; music box; toys; tea; school; dreams; struggle; market
Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie, "Babu's Song" (2003). Diverse Families. 2027.