Mpumi and Gogo share a special bond. They enjoy their time together - which often involves making meals together. When Gogo becomes ill and does not come back from the hospital, Mpumi is left with a very sad heart. Her friends and neighbours make a feast full of love to help Mpumi and her family remember Gogo in a special way.
In this poignant, insightful book, Mpumi and her friends reveal the redemptive importance of edible expressions of love.
– Dr Anna Trapido, author of Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela
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"A very touching book, about dealing with loss. Lovely context paragraph on food and loss, and notes about helping children cope with grief. Food mentioned is particularly South African and can stimulate research for families who do not understand all the dishes referred to. Illustrations are bright, simple and contribute to pacing and depth of story." ~ Review by Marj Brown for the IBBY Honour list 2024
"Mpumi's Feast of Love is the story of the love between a granddaughter and her grandmother, with whom she always likes to cook when she comes home from school. However, when her Gogo dies due to Covid, Mpumi learns how a community supports each other in a time of mourning. By making and bringing food together, eating together and sharing beautiful memories about Gogo, the sadness is transformed into a deeper understanding of loved things that are shared with others. The relationships between characters are depicted warmly, well-known places take on new meaning when Mpumi understands that her grandmother has died. The illustrations are excellent with regard to aspects such as line, form, colour, depth and movement. The story is still current and relevant, even though the Covid pandemic is over, because the story can help small children to understand and accept the death of a loved one." ~ Review by Betsie van der Westhuizen for the IBBY Honour List 2024
A story of love, loss and healing in COVID-19.
Illustrator: Masego Morulane
Languages: English, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, Siswati, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Tshivenda, Xitsonga
ISBN: 978-1-4856-3186-6, 2023, 210mm x 260mm, 36 pages
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