Tuesday, June 10, 2008
E is for Ethiopia
We received one of our first gifts for our baby a couple of months ago. It is, perhaps, one of the most thoughtful gifts anyone could have gotten for us. Our friend Emily and her daughter Gabby (also our goddaughter) sent me this book, special ordered from a couple in Canada.
As you can probably tell from the title, E is for Ethiopia is a children's alphabet book, but instead of phrases like, "B is for blocks", they use items particular to Ethiopia, like "B is for the Blue Nile". (Although if you ever happen to one day in the future read this book to my daughter, you'll notice that the Blue Nile isn't very blue...in fact it's pretty brown and muddy looking.) Also in the back of the book is a description of all the items/places mentioned and a brief history/cultural lesson. Travis and I found out all kinds of tidbits of information about Ethiopia, such as:
"C is for Coffee" - Did you know that coffee is Ethiopia's largest export? In fact, Ethiopia is the first place on record that learned how to roast coffee beans and then brew them. They love their coffee, and they have special coffee ceremonies each day where the women roast the beans over a fire. (And as much as we love coffee, I'm sure we'll be sending back lots of coffee on our trip!)
I can't wait to begin reading this book to our daughter and teaching her about her heritage. Thank you Emily & Gabby for this very special gift!