Yatandou lives in a Mali village with her family and neighbors. And though she is only eight years old and would much rather play with her pet goat, she must sit with the women and pound millet kernels. To grind enough millet for one day's food, the women must pound the kernels with their pounding sticks for three hours. It is hard work, especially when one is eight years old. But as they work, the women dream of a machine that can grind the millet and free them from their pounding sticks. But the machine will only come when the women have raised enough money to buy it. Yatandou must help raise the money, even if it means parting with something she holds dear. Through the eyes and voice of a young girl, award-winning author Gloria Whelan brings to life one village's dream of a better future. Atmospheric paintings from artist Peter Sylvada capture the landscape and spirit of this inspiring story of sacrifice and hope.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$17.95 $17.95
$29.95 $29.95
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level
Dewey E
ATOS Reading Level 3.6
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Sleeping Bear Press
Available Formats Hardcover (9781585362110), PDF (9781627531375), Hosted ebook (9781627533638)
Copyright 2008, 2014
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 9 x 11
Graphics Full-color illustrations
  • Delaware Diamonds Booklist Grades 3-5 Cateogry: A Children's Choice Award, Short-listed, 2009
  • Amelia Bloomer Project--Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers, Commended, 2008
  • Central Michigan University Children's Books Dean's List, Short-listed, 2008
  • Bank Street College of Education--Best Book of the Year List, Short-listed, 2007
  • National Best Books Finalist in the Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction category, Runner-up, 2007

Yatandou - Teaching Guide

Refer to download. View →

Author: Gloria Whelan

Gloria Whelan is a poet and the award-winning author of many children's books including Homeless Bird, for which she received the National Book Award. The Listeners is her third title in the Tales of Young Americans series. Her other picture books with Sleeping Bear Press include Yuki and the One Thousand Carriers (2008 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner); Yatandou (a Junior Library Guild selection); and Friend on Freedom River (a Jefferson Cup honor book). Ms. Whelan lives near Lake St. Clair in Michigan where you can often find her out walking.

Illustrator: Peter Sylvada

Peter Sylvada's first children's picture book, A Symphony of Whales, was named a 1999 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book, an NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. Peter also does commercial illustration and creates fine art pieces. A graduate of the Art Center College of Pasadena, he lives in Cardiff by the Sea, California.

Full-color illustrations