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>>Lee Ann Potter: I
think we’re all ready. Good morning, everybody.>>[multiple speakers]
Good morning.>>Lee Ann Potter: I’m so happy
to see you and I’m so happy that it’s a nice spring
day and it wasn’t raining and you got to have a walk. My friends and I were talking about what they saw
on their walk over. Raise your hand if you
heard birds singing when you were walking over. Did you see any flowers
blooming? Did you see any trees blooming? So it’s springtime, isn’t it? So we’re happy you’re
here at the Library. We’re happy you had a good walk. [ Inaudible Audience Comment ] Yeah. Excellent. Well you’re in an
exciting place. Have any of you been to the
Library of Congress before? Yeah. I love that. I’m so happy that you’re here. So my name is Lee Ann Potter and I direct an office called
Learning and Innovation here at the Library of Congress. And part of the Library
is this very special room, the Young Readers Center. And I know some of you
have been here before. And one of the things
we like to do in the Young Readers Center
is we like to host visits by authors and illustrators
and have programs just like this one for young people. So I think we’re
going to have a lot of fun today but
I need your help. Okay? What I need you to
do first is I need for you to take your — We’re
going to — Have you guys ever
watched Sesame Street? Okay, you know how on Sesame
Street sometimes the program is sponsored by a particular
letter? And they say, “Today’s
program is sponsored by the letter,” yeah, like that. Well today our special letter
is going to be the letter A and I’m going to see if you guys
can make an A with your fingers. Can you guys try to make
an A with your fingers? Like I can do this if I
take my pointer fingers and I put them together
and go like this, see how I can make a big
capital A with my fingers? Can you guys see that? It’s cool, isn’t it? So the letter today is the
letter A and there are six words that I’m going to use that start
with the letter A that serve as my introduction for today. So there’s the letter A. And
our first word is “author.” Can you guys repeat that?>>[multiple speakers] Author.>>Lee Ann Potter: Yes. Do you know what an author is? If you know what an
author is raise your hand. Okay, what’s an author? Say that one more time.>>Someone who writes the book.>>Lee Ann Potter: Perfect. The author writes the book. Awesome. A-u-t-h-o-r, the
author writes the book. Guess what? Guess what letter our
author’s name starts with.>>A.>>Lee Ann Potter: Yeah, because
I said it was brought to you by the letter A. That’s right. And our author’s name is a
little hard for me to pronounce but she’s going to
teach us all to say it but I think she says Atinuke. I think that’s how you
pronounce it and I’m going to try to spell it right. I think it’s a-t-i-n, atin,
I think it’s u-k-u-t-e-u-k-e. No? I added an extra syllable. E, yeah, okay. So it’s all better, Atinuke. But she’s going to
teach you that. And guess what else? Sometimes a book
has an illustrator but illustrator doesn’t start
with A. It starts with an I. So sometimes we call
an illustrator an? Artist. There you go. You got it. You know where I’m
going with this. So the illustrator is
sometimes called the artist. And guess what our
artist’s name starts with? It starts with an
A. That’s right. And her name is Angela. How do you like all
the A’s so far? Okay. The book that
they’re going to share with you this morning
recently won an award. What letter does the
word “award” start with?>>[multiple speakers] A.>>Lee Ann Potter: Yeah. And what does it mean when
something receives an award? Do you know what that means? If something gets an award — If I gave you an award for
being an amazing dancer, what would that mean? If you got an award,
what does it mean?>>You’re great.>>Lee Ann Potter: You’re great. Yes, exactly. If you get an award,
it means you’re great. And so they wrote a
book that is great and that’s why they’re
here today. And one more important word
about this book and about who gave them the award. Okay? Now I’m sorry to say
— What letter comes after A?>>[multiple speakers] B.>>Lee Ann Potter:
B. That’s right. My friend Brenda is here and
her name starts with a B. And Brenda works
with an organization that gave out the award. There we go. The African Studies Program
at Howard gives out an award that is called the
Children’s Africa Book Award. And so our last letter
A is going to be Africa. And I know that our author and
our artist, Atinuke and Angela, are going to be telling
you all about their award and their book and Africa. And we are thrilled that
they are here today. And we are thrilled that
Brenda is here today. And we are thrilled that
you guys are here today. And now it’s my turn to stop and
I’m going to hand my microphone to my friend Sasha [assumed
spelling] and I’m going to let you guys get started. Thank you for being here. Yeah.>>Angela Brooksbank: Oh, sorry.>>Atinuke: So good
morning, everybody.>>[multiple speakers]
Good morning.>>Atinuke: I am Atinuke
and I am the author that wrote this book
“Baby Goes to Market.” And this is Angela and
Angela drew all the pictures for this book, all of them. I’m going to be reading
you this book and showing you the
pictures and Angela is going to do some drawing for
us and we are going to have an amazing time,
all of us together. Now this book is about a baby
and his mommy and they live in Nigeria, in Africa. Has anybody here heard
of Africa before? Yes. Good. Your dad went! How many people know
people who have been to Africa, put up your hand? [ Inaudible Comment ] To climb the mountain. Do you know, I was born
on the continent of Africa in a country called Nigeria. This is the shape of Africa. This is the shape of the African
continent and here is Nigeria where I was born and where
I lived, where I grew up. And when I grew up and became an
author, I decided to write all of my books set in
Nigeria, in Africa, because Nigeria is my favorite, favorite country
in the whole world. I love the clothes,
the beautiful colors. I love the fruit. The love the people. I love the weather. I love the food. I love almost everything
apart from the mosquitoes. That I don’t love so much. And the traffic, do you know
the city, the city that I am from has so many, many, many,
many, many, many, many, many, many millions of cars
that the roads are always completely jammed. It can take you three
hours to go from a place that will just take
you 20 minutes if you are walking there. There is so much traffic. Do you know the president of
my country when I was a child, the president grew so
irritated and so frustrated that he made a law, he made
a law that if the number on your car, you know all
cars have those numbers, if the number on your car
ended in an odd number, you were only allowed
to drive that car on the road Monday,
Wednesday, Friday. Uh huh, uh huh. If it ended in an even number, you could drive Tuesday,
Thursday, Saturday. Sunday was free for all. But you know Nigerian people, we
are not slow, we are not slow. Anybody who had enough
money went out and bought a second car. So you always had one
with an odd number, one with an even number and so now there’s even
more traffic than before. And now the best way to
get around my city is in a very special taxi,
a very special taxi that can go in between the cars. And at the end of the book,
at the end of the book, you will see this
special, special taxi because in this book I wanted to show children the wonderful
fruit, the wonderful food, the wonderful clothes,
the wonderful colors, and also the wonderful
things that we do in my city, including the taxis. Now I have talked a
little bit about myself. Now Angela will talk a
little bit about herself and then I’m going to
read you the story.>>Angela Brooksbank: Hello. My name is Angela Brooksbank
and I’m an illustrator or, as you say, an artist. And that means I use
paintbrushes and pencils and I print and I use
lots and lots of materials to make my artwork probably
quite a lot like you when you make your artwork but
I was lucky when I was asked to illustrate this book because
actually I also have lived in Africa. When I was a tiny, tiny baby in
my mother’s arms, my dad said, “We’re going to live in Africa.” And I’m going to show
you where we lived. We lived in a country called
Uganda and Zambia and Ghana and then amazingly we
ended up in Nigeria. So I also have a connection with
Nigeria when I was about five. I don’t know whether any of
you here might be five or four.>>I’m four.>>Angela Brooksbank: Or three? Anybody three? When I was your age
— That’s right. When I was your age, I lived
in Africa, in those countries. And now I live in England
which is a very gray place and the sun doesn’t shine
like it does in Africa but I’m very happy to live
in Africa through the books when I make the artwork. Anyway, I’ll leave it to
Atinuke to read the story.>>Atinuke: So, shall
we have the story? Shall we see what happens
to Baby when he goes to the market with his mama? How many people here go
shopping with their own mama? Yes. Does anybody here
go to the supermarket? Is that what you call
it here, supermarket? Or the grocery store. Put up your hand. Has anybody here been to
a market that is outside? Yes, that’s where Baby goes. Now I’m going to show you
the book on the screen so you can all see the
pictures really well but also Angela will
turn the pages so you can see what they
look like in the real book because I think at the
end, we have a surprise. Do we have a surprise
at the end? Do they have books? I think all of you are going to
get a book, one of these books that you can carry
home with you. So you will have
a chance to look at everything again
and again and again. At the end you will
bring them home. Baby goes to market. Baby goes to market. Can you see Baby
on his mama’s back? I’m sure all of you have
seen babies in slings. Have you seen babies in slings? Mommies carry them. Daddies carry them. And that’s how we
do it over there. We tie them with a cloth. Baby goes to market with Mama. Market is very crowded. Baby is very curious. Baby is so curious that Mrs.
Ade the banana seller gives baby six bananas. Baby is so surprised. Baby eats one banana,
yum, yum, yum, yum. And puts five bananas
in the basket. Mama does not notice. She is busy buying rice. Market is very crowded. Baby is very hot. Baby is so hot that Mr. Femi the
orange seller gives Baby give juicy oranges. Baby grins. Baby sucks one orange and puts
four oranges in the basket. Mama does not notice. She is busy buying
homemade palm oil. Market is very crowded. Baby is very cheerful. Baby is so cheerful that Mr.
Momo the biscuit seller gives Baby four sugary
chin-chin biscuits. Baby claps. Baby eats one chin-chin. Yum, yum, yum. And puts three chin-chin
in the basket. Mama does not notice. She is busy buying chili pepper. Market is very crowded. Baby is very funny. Baby is so funny that Mrs. Kunle
the sweetcorn seller gives Baby three roasted sweetcorn. Baby beams. Baby eats one roasted
sweetcorn, yum, yum, yum, and puts two in the basket. Mama does not notice. She is busy buying flip flops. Market is very crowded. Baby is very naughty, very naughty pulling
down all the clothes. But Baby is so sorry that Mrs.
Dele the coconut seller gives Baby two pieces of coconut. Baby licks his lips. Baby eats one piece of
coconut [lip smacking] and puts the other
piece in the basket. Mama does not notice. Her basket is very heavy. Very, very heavy. And Mama thinks her sweet
baby must be hungry by now! “Taxi!” Mama shouts. “We need to get home
quick and fast!” Mama puts her basket down. “What is this?” cries Mama. “Five bananas! Four oranges! Three chin-chin biscuits! Two roasted sweetcorn! One piece of coconut! I did not buy these!” “No,” laughs Mrs.
Ade the banana seller and Mr. Femi the orange seller and Mr. Momo the
chin-chin seller and Mrs. Kunle the
sweetcorn seller and Mrs. Dele the
coconut seller. “We gave those things to Baby!” Mama looks at baby. Baby laughs. Mama laughs, too. “What a good baby!” she says. “You put all
those things straight into the basket!” Mama rides the taxi home. Baby goes to sleep. “Poor baby!” says Mama. He’s not had one
single thing to eat!”>>He had something to eat.>>Atinuke: Yes! Exactly. Exactly. What did Baby eat? Put up your hands if you
can remember anything. What did Baby eat?>>Bananas.>>Atinuke: Bananas.>>Coconut.>>Atinuke: Coconut.>>Bananas.>>Corn.>>Atinuke: Roasted corn.>>Bananas.>>Atinuke: Bananas.>>And bananas.>>Bananas.>>Atinuke: Bananas,
roasted corn, coconut.>>Bananas.>>Atinuke: Okay, well done. Do you know –>>Crispy corn.>>Atinuke: Crispy corn. I’m going to read the story
again but this time we are going to need a little bit of
help from two people. Now those two people, which
two people have been chosen? Do the teachers know? Where’s Monica? Ah! Clap for them. [ Applause ]>>Angela Brooksbank: Okay,
one of you is going to be Mama. What’s your name?>>Jack.>>Angela Brooksbank: Jack. Okay, you don’t mind being Mama
today, do you, because you need to do the carrying
of all the shopping. Okay? And what’s your name?>>Adrian [assumed spelling].>>Angela Brooksbank: Adrian. Okay, you’re going to be
the market store trader. Okay? So you come
over here, Adrian. This is your store. You come and stand here. That’s it. So this is your store.>>Adrian: How am
I going to do this?>>Angela Brooksbank:
I’m going to show you. So Adrian, these are
your stores of fruit. Okay? So you’ve got sweetcorn
and tomatoes and oranges and rice just as it
looks in the story.>>Adrian: Is everything real?>>Angela Brooksbank:
It is real. We bought it from the market. But Jack, you need — What do
you need to carry your shopping? Can you remember in the
story, what do you need? Do you need a shopping bag?>>Jack: No.>>Angela Brooksbank:
A shopping trolley?>>Jack: No.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Your pockets?>>Jack: No.>>Angela Brooksbank:
What does he need?>>A shopping cart.>>Angela Brooksbank:
What does he need?>>A bag.>>He said a shopping cart.>>Angela Brooksbank:
A basket, exactly. But we’ve got one here. And the only trouble is Jack’s
head is round like this.>>Jack: How are you
going to do that? Do I have to hold it again?>>Angela Brooksbank: Jack has
asked a very important question. He’s going to use one of these
which they do use in Africa. Put this on your head and
that will make his head flat. So turn around. You’re going to have to
be very good at balancing. Okay, Jack? Can you put your hands up? Put your hands up. And then here we go. Here is his basket. Can you hold on to it for me?>>Jack: I can.>>Angela Brooksbank: Lift
your chin up a little bit. That’s it. That’s it. Isn’t he doing a great job? Very good. Okay [applause]. Just hold on. Turn around so everyone can see. Well done, Jack. Hold on for a little while. Now we’re going to start
the story and we’re going to need some help from
Adrian to pick the fruit to go into Jack’s basket. Okay? Jack, if you can just
lift your chin up just slightly, that’s it, then it
won’t fall down. See, you’re doing
a brilliant job. Now the thing that he
needs is Baby, doesn’t he? So I might just get you to
put that down for the minute. Right. We need to put
Baby on your back.>>Jack: How do I do that?>>Angela Brooksbank: Okay,
can you bend over, Jack? Bend over, so we will
put your baby here. And we put this around
— Stand up. Jack, can you stand up? That’s it. There we go. Now go around. Wow! Can you stand up? Are you going to do it? He’s doing such a good job.>>Jack: I don’t want to do it.>>Angela Brooksbank:
You don’t want to do it? Oh, no! You look so great. Do you want to balance it because I need you
to be very strong. No? There we go. I think you’ve done very well. Well done [applause]. Well done. Okay. Do you want to sit down? You did so well.>>Atinuke: That’s okay. It’s hard to be in
front of everyone.>>Angela Brooksbank: Would
you like to have a go? What’s your name?>>Allison [assumed spelling].>>Angela Brooksbank: Allison.>>Allison: Allison.>>Angela Brooksbank: Okay,
Allison, now you’ve seen from Jack exactly what to do. Thank you, Jack. Could you bend over and then
I put the baby on your back? Is that okay? That’s it. Now just stand up slightly. That’s it. Now we’re going to wrap
the — Stand up, Allison. Now we’re going to
go around like this. There we go. Is that nice and comfy? Now Baby’s happy now. Okay. Now, okay, let’s see
whether Allison can balance it as well as Jack did. There we go. Turn around. There we go. She’s doing very well. So now if you just stand over
here so we can see all the fruit that Adrian is going
to give you. Am I in the way here?>>Atinuke: We have our Mama. We have Baby on her back. And we have the market trader with all the fruit
and all the things. Baby goes to market with Mama. Market is very crowded. And baby is very curious. Baby is so curious Mrs. Ade
the banana seller gives Baby six bananas.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Can you [inaudible]. Can you find the banana here?>>Atinuke: Baby
is so surprised. Baby eats one banana and puts
one banana in the basket. Mama does not notice. She is busy buying rice.>>Angela Brooksbank: That’s it. Put it in the basket.>>Atinuke: Can you reach? Can you reach? Well done! [ Applause ] Mr. Femi the orange seller
gives Baby five juicy oranges. Baby grins. Baby sucks one orange and puts
four oranges in the basket. Wow! Wow! Mama does not notice. She is busy buying
homemade palm oil.>>Angela Brooksbank: Is it
okay or is it getting too heavy? No. You’re doing a great job.>>Atinuke: Okay. The oil is going in. Can you put it in? Whew! Strong. What a strong Mama! What a strong Mama! Baby is so cheerful, Mr.
Momo gives Baby four sugar chin-chin biscuits. Baby eats one and puts
three in the basket. Yay! Mama does not notice. She is busy buying chili pepper. Yes.>>Angela Brooksbank: Good job.>>Atinuke: Mrs. Kunle the
sweetcorn seller gives Baby three roasted sweetcorn. Baby beams! Baby eats one and puts
two in the basket. Well done!>>Angela Brooksbank: How
are you doing, Allison? You’re doing okay?.>>Atinuke: Mama
does not notice. Mama is busy buying flip flops.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Do you remember which one is flip flops?>>Atinuke: Yes, that’s it. That’s it.>>Angela Brooksbank: Just one. Just one is fine. Yay!>>Atinuke: Baby is so sorry. Mrs. Dele the coconut
seller gives baby two pieces of coconut. Baby eats one piece. Wow! This is the heavy one. Come on, this is the heavy one. Watch your toes. And puts one in the basket.>>Angela Brooksbank: Very good.>>Atinuke: Mama’s
basket is very heavy. Very, very heavy! “Taxi!” says Mama. “We need to get home
quick and fast! But what is this?”>>Angela Brooksbank:
There we go. Well done. You did so well.>>Atinuke: “What is this? Five oranges! Five bananas! Four oranges! Three chin-chin biscuit! Two roasted sweetcorn! One piece of coconut! I did not buy this!” “No,” laughed the market seller. “We gave those things to Baby.” Mama looks at Baby. Baby laughs. Mama laughs, too. “What a good Baby,” she says. “You put all those things
straight into the basket.” Mama rides the taxi home. Baby goes to sleep. “Poor Baby,” says Mama. “He’s not had one
single thing to eat.” [ Applause ]>>But he did eat.>>Atinuke: He ate
all of those things. So do you know I wanted to write
this story for a long time. For about ten years I was
thinking I want to write a story about a market, the kind
of market that I love, full of people, full of noise,
full of fruit, full of shopping, full of mamas, full of
babies and I kept trying to write one story after another
story and they were not right. And then one day I saw this
baby on his mama’s back. Such a cheeky, cheeky baby, I knew exactly what would
happen if he went to market. I knew everybody would love
him and be giving him food and seeing how fat and
round that baby was, I knew he would be
eating it all! And so I wrote this
story just like that. After trying and trying and
trying for about ten years, all of the sudden
I wrote the story. But do you know what? If the book had only the
words, it would be so boring. It would be so boring with only
the words and so I had to look for somebody, somebody wonderful
who could do amazing pictures. And the people who make my
stories into books, they looked and they looked and then they
finally showed me some pictures and I loved those pictures. I said, “That’s the one! That’s the person I want to
do the pictures for this book because she can do
Baby fantastic. She can do the market! She can do the cloth!” And that person was Angela. And now Angela [applause], she’s going to show you
how she does the pictures. She’s going to show you how.>>Angela Brooksbank:
So to start off with, we’re going to do just the
basket and I need your help, okay, because I know you’ve
just watched the story and you will remember all
the fruit and the vegetables that are in the basket. But first of all, we
need to draw the basket. So it’s a nice wide basket. And in Africa, baskets are
made from wound grasses. So I’m just going to
do some wound grasses. Sorry, some woven
parts to the basket. And I like to use lots and
lots of different materials. So I’m going to use this
stamp pad to give us — Whoops, it’s a bit wobbly. Some of the pattern that
you see in the baskets. And whilst I’m — Funny ring. And whilst I’m doing
it maybe you can think about what Mama puts in the
basket first and I’ll be looking around to see who’s got their
hands up who can remember.>>It’s a banana.>>Angela Brooksbank: Hands up. What’s your name?>>Penelope.>>Angela Brooksbank: Sorry. What’s your name?>>Penelope.>>Angela Brooksbank: Penelope. Can you remember what
Mama put in the basket? Any of it?>>Penelope: Banana.>>Angela Brooksbank: Bananas. Sorry, I can’t say it like
you do but say it again.>>Penelope: Bananas.>>Angela Brooksbank: How
many, do you remember? Shall we say four? Four bananas? It doesn’t have to be right. five bananas or five?>>Penelope: Six.>>Six.>>Angela Brooksbank: Six. Okay. Can you count? Can you help me? Yes? Okay, let’s do them. So one, two, three, four, five. Did you say six? Six bananas. Six lovely yellow ripe bananas. And anybody else, hands
up, do some thinking. Can you remember?>>Coconut.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Hands up, hands up.>>Coconut.>>Five –>>Angela Brooksbank:
What’s your name?>>I’m James.>>Angela Brooksbank:
James, what did you say? Coconuts?>>James: Coconuts.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Okay, shall we just say one because they’re quite
heavy, aren’t they? Okay, we need a coconut. And they’re quite hairy,
aren’t they, coconuts. So let’s do hairy coconuts. A big hairy coconut. There we go. Heavy coconut. And I must do a little bit of
painting on that and make it. Okay, anybody else come
up with what else might go into the basket?>>Oranges.>>Angela Brooksbank:
What did you say?>>Oranges.>>Angela Brooksbank:
What’s your name?>>Maddie [assumed spelling].>>Angela Brooksbank: Maddie. Can you remember what
goes into the basket?>>Maddie: Bananas.>>Angela Brooksbank:
We’ve got bananas. We’ve got six bananas. Have we anything else?>>Maddie: Oranges.>>Angela Brooksbank: Oranges. Okay. How many oranges
shall we put in the basket?>>Maddie: One.>>Angela Brooksbank: Just one?>>Maddie: Five.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Okay, five. How much time have you got? So we’re going to
— I might just have to put all the paint
on the print. It’s actually a football,
isn’t it? Okay, so can you help me count? Okay, ready. One, two, three, four. How many are we doing?>>Five.>>Angela Brooksbank: Five! Great! I don’t know if you
know, have you ever noticed that an orange has a little
tiny green star on each one. I’m going to just do a
little star for each one. Okay, anybody else remember?>>I know.>>Angela Brooksbank: Somebody
who hasn’t said anything?>>I haven’t said anything.>>Angela Brooksbank:
What’s your name?>>David.>>Angela Brooksbank:
David, okay.>>David: Corn.>>Angela Brooksbank: Some corn. Perfect. And David, how many
corns are we going to have?>>David: One.>>Angela Brooksbank: Just one. Okay, good. Thank you for that. Okay, corn. Whoops. So we are going
to put the corn, look, there’s a space just
there for it. Whoops. Here we go. Some corn. And we need to put the little
bits, the kernels, don’t we? They go like this
[ticking sounds]. And also it was roasted
corn, wasn’t it? So do you remember? I can’t remember who the lady
was, Mrs. Ade, she was roasting. I’m going to use my finger to
make the roasted corn barbecued. So they go — Those are
the little burnt bits that taste so good. There we go. Anything else that
someone can remember?>>I haven’t said anything.>>Angela Brooksbank: So the
microphone is over there. So –>>There’s supposed
to be five peppers.>>Angela Brooksbank: Five what? Sorry.>>Five peppers.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Oh, the little peppers. Yes, these.>>Keaton [assumed spelling].>>Angela Brooksbank: Keaton. Okay. So we’ll do red —
We’ll do red, I think. Did you say five? Okay. One — Oh, I
need you to help. Can you help me count? One, two, three, just a
bit more paint, four, five. Now they don’t look
like peppers, do they? So we’ll have to make — They
have little points on the ends like this to make them
a bit more peppery. Whoop. And there’s
something else that they have. Can somebody see?>>The stem.>>Angela Brooksbank: The stem. Good thinking. Okay, so we — I like drawing
the stems because they go whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop. And suddenly they look
like peppers, don’t they? Anything else?>>I know, [inaudible].>>Angela Brooksbank: Sorry?>>Angela Brooksbank:
Can you remember? Something in the bag. Something that was in the bag. Have a look in the basket. Can you see anything
that was in the bags?>>Rice.>>Angela Brooksbank: Yeah. Is that okay? We’re going to need
a bag of rice. So I’ve got a special
rice-making tool here. And we won’t count the
rice grains, will we? So we’re going to just put
it in the — Here we go. Dit, dot, dit, dot, dit, dot,
dit, dit, dot, dit, dot, dit. And what’s the rice in?>>Bag.>>Angela Brooksbank: A bag. That’s right. So we need to draw
a little knot. Here we go. There. Lovely. Anything else? Anything else that you
— What did you say? What’s your name?>>Thomas.>>Angela Brooksbank: Thomas,
what were you going to say?>>Thomas: Tomato.>>Angela Brooksbank:
That’s right. That’s right. So we need — What color
do we need, Thomas?>>Thomas: Red.>>Angela Brooksbank: Well done. Red. And how many?>>Thomas: Two.>>Angela Brooksbank: Oh, good. Well done. Just two. Okay. Whew, the basket is
getting very full, isn’t it? Where should we put it? Over here. One — Can you help me? Whoops, we need a
bit more paint. Two, lovely, and tomatoes
have something else that we need to draw. Anyone remember?>>Stem!>>Angela Brooksbank:
Stem again. Well done. I love stems of tomatoes
because they look like stars. So one, two, three, whoop. There we go. Have we finished, do we think?>>Adrian: We have flip flops.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Flip flops. Well done, Adrian. What?>>The crispy –>>We mustn’t forget
the flip flops. Do you call them flip
flops in America? They are called flip flops?>>Yes.>>And the tomato.>>Angela Brooksbank: Whew,
where should we put them? Okay. Flip flops. Okay and do we need
to do the other one? Oh yeah, I did it on
the banana, didn’t I? Okay. And there’s one more
thing that we mustn’t forget because it’s really delicious. There’s somebody with a cap over
there that hasn’t said anything. The crispy things –>>Biscuits.>>Angela Brooksbank:
That’s right but does anybody remember the
special name because they’re –>>Chin-chin.>>Angela Brooksbank: Well done! They’re delicious.>>Chin-chin.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Chin-chin biscuits. Now, I need my special
star-shaped –>>One.>>Angela Brooksbank: Just one? Really? They’re very delicious. One, okay. Just one chin-chin.>>Thomas.>>Angela Brooksbank: Sorry?>>Thomas.>>Angela Brooksbank:
Just one chin-chin? Okay. Where should
we put it, here?>>No, up there in the corner.>>Angela Brooksbank: I think I
want to put it there, I think. And you won’t see this
because you’re too far away but I’m going to put some
sugar on the chin-chin because they’re very sugary. There you go. Yum, yum, yum. And I think that’s it. I think that’s the basket full. Isn’t it? Have we
done everything? yeah? Thank you for your help. [ Applause ]>>Atinuke: So what is
going to happen now is that Angela is going
to draw Mama and Baby and while you are
watching Angela draw, I am going to tell you
another story, another story, a story that is not in a book. Once upon a time, did you know
there were no books at all. No books! Writing
was not invented. Reading was not invented. There were no books. And if somebody wanted a story, somebody else would
have to tell them. And do you know where
they kept those stories? Can anybody guess where
they kept those stories?>>At the Library of Congress.>>Atinuke: Not at the
Library of Congress because there were no libraries. Back in those days
there were no libraries because there were no books! Where else?>>In their brain.>>Atinuke: Exactly.>>In your brain.>>Atinuke: Exactly. People kept stories
in their brains. If you want to just
measure your head like this, just measure your head
like this, you will see that your head is very small. But if you close your eyes,
close your eyes and see if you can see, imagine
you can see your bed. Imagine you can see all
the cars in the street. And imagine you can
see your friends. Now if we open your
eyes, you see the thing about our heads is
they are magic. They are small on the outside but on the inside you can
put as much as you like. And back when people
had no books, they kept all their
stories inside their heads. Some people had hundreds
and hundreds and hundreds of stories inside their heads. And this is one of
those stories. Once upon a time
there was a monkey. Does anybody know
what a monkey is?>>Yes. It’s an animal that
lives in the rainforest.>>Atinuke: That’s right. And what noise does
a money make? Exactly. You all know.>>And they have a tail.>>Atinuke: A tail, exactly. And they swing, exactly. Now the monkey in our story,
her name was Miss Monkey. She was a very special monkey
because she did not live with all those other
noisy, noisy monkeys that were always swinging about
and going ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh and throwing bananas
on people and causing trouble. No! Miss Monkey had her own tree where she minded
her own business. And Miss Monkey’s tree was
right on the edge of the forest. And there, Miss Monkey could
see all over the forest and Miss Monkey could also
see all over the ocean. She could watch the
fish swimming past. And one morning when Miss Monkey
was sitting quietly minding her own business, she saw out of
the corner of her eye coming across the water,
across the water, across the water a big gray
triangle sticking out of the sea and moving towards and
towards and towards. And can anybody guess what
it was that’s gray triangle?>>A shark.>>Atinuke: A shark! And the shark swam
and swam and swam and he stopped right
underneath Miss Monkey’s tree. And then the shark put
his head out of the water and he said, “Miss Monkey! Miss Monkey!” And Miss Monkey, she was
hiding behind a leaf. And Mr. Shark, he said,
“Miss Monkey, I can see you!” And so Miss Monkey, she said,
“Oh, good morning, Mr. Shark.” “Good morning, Miss Monkey. I have come with good news.” “Good news?” “It’s the birthday of the
king of all the sharks!” “Oh, please, tell him
happy birthday from me.” “Miss Monkey, you can tell
him happy birthday yourself. I have come to carry
you to his party.” “His party?” “There will be music,
Miss Monkey, and dancing and games and food.” “Oh, that’s, that’s very nice. That’s very nice. But you know, Mr. Shark,
monkeys, we can’t swim. We can’t swim. So I can’t come.” “Miss Monkey, that’s
why I have come to carry you there on my back. Now hurry up or the king of all the sharks he
will be angry with you!” Poor Miss Monkey. She did not want to go. She did not want to go at all. She was afraid. But you know what? She was too afraid to say no. Put up your hand if
you would say no. Let me hear you say it!>>[multiple speakers] No!>>If only Miss Monkey
was as brave as you. Do you know what she did? That silly, silly monkey,
she climbed down the tree and she got on the back
of Mr. Shark and she held on to his shark fin
and Mr. Shark, he swam and he swam and he swam. And Miss Monkey, she was holding
on and holding on and holding on and holding on and she
kept turning around and her tree was getting
further and further away. And it was getting smaller
and smaller and smaller until Miss Monkey could
not see her tree at all. And she could not see
the forest at all. And she could not
see the land at all! And Miss Monkey was
completely surrounded, surrounded by the ocean. And Miss Monkey,
she say, “Mr. Shark, Mr. Shark, where are we going?” And Mr. Shark, he
say, “We are there. I am going to take you down to
meet the king of all the sharks. But before I take you down,
let me tell you the truth.” “The truth,” say Miss Monkey. “No birthday!” “No birthday?” “No party.” “No party?” “No music. No dancing. No games.” “No music? No dancing? No games? Oh, Mr. Shark,
Mr. Shark, Mr. Shark, why did you bring me here?” “Because the king of all
the sharks is hungry. He’s very, very hungry and he said only the heart
of a monkey will do.” “Only the heart of
a monkey will do? He wants to eat my heart?” “He wants to eat your heart.” Poor Miss Monkey,
she was so afraid. She was so afraid. And her brain was thinking
quicker and quicker and quicker and quicker and all of the
sudden Miss Monkey, she say, “Oh, Mr. Shark, Mr.
Shark, Mr. Shark, you should have told me before. You told me there
would be dancing and so I brought my legs. You told me there would be party
games and so I brought my arms. You told me there
would be party food and so I brought
my mouth to eat. But Mr. Shark, Mr. Shark,
I did not bring my heart.” “You did not bring your
heart, Miss Monkey? How can that be?” Say Miss Monkey, “You know we
monkeys we do not carry our hearts around inside our chest. They could get broken. My heart is in a special box
at the very top of my tree. But if you take me back, Mr.
Shark, if you take me back to my tree, I will
run up my tree. I will open my box. I will get my heart. I will put it in my chest. I will climb back down. And you can bring
me back so the king of all the sharks can eat me.” “Thank you, Miss
Monkey,” say Mr. Shark. “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.” And he turned around and he
swam and he swam and he swam and he swam and he swam and he
swam and he swam and he swam and he swam and he swam and he
swam and he swam and he swam and he swam and he swam and
he swam all the way back to Miss Monkey’s tree. And then Miss Monkey,
she jumped off his back and she ran up the tree. And Mr. Shark, he waited. [ Laughter ] And as far as we know, he’s
still waiting there [laughter]. [ Applause ] So can you see Mama and Baby? Yeah. Mama and Baby
slowly coming. Do you know to do the pictures for the book takes
about one year. To make all the pictures
as beautiful as you see them takes
about one year. So poor Angela is just quickly,
quickly trying to do something for you because we can’t
keep you here for one year, so we can’t show you everything. But you can see how Mama
and Baby slowly come, how the beautiful cloth comes,
how the beautiful baby comes. And before we say
goodbye to you, does anybody have any questions? Now there’s one rule. There’s one rule. You can ask anything you like but if somebody else has already
asked, you can’t ask it again. Okay? Okay? Okay. So, you can choose,
choose one from, yes. Okay. First question.>>Do we want names?>>I have a question.>>Atinuke: Okay, wait
for the microphone.>>I’m going to the
zoo tomorrow.>>Atinuke: Wow! That’s fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Next question. Put up your hand if
you have a question. Have you forgotten? Don’t worry. We will come back to you.>>I went to the market before.>>Atinuke: You have been
to the market before? Do you like the market?>>Yes.>>I have a market behind. It’s called Trader Joes.>>Atinuke: Wow!>>In the escalator, they get down because it’s
in the basement.>>Atinuke: Wow!>>We got sugar and –>>Atinuke: Okay. Somebody else? Anybody else have a question?>>I do.>>Atinuke: Over here.>>I have a Trader Joes too.>>Atinuke: Okay. There’s one there.>>Do we have a question? Do you want to ask a question?>>I forgot.>>Atinuke: You forgot. Don’t worry.>>Do we have a question
over here?>>Atinuke: There’s somebody,
people at the back now.>>Okay. Do you have a question?>>I like the book.>>Atinuke: You like the book. Thank you. That’s a lovely thing to say. Oh.>>The book is about
communication.>>It’s a book about
communication?>>That’s wonderful.>>Atinuke: Do you know
you are all such good, good, good, good listeners. Your educators must
be so proud of you. You know they say, some
people say that the story is like the water at the
bottom of the well. Probably none of you have seen
a well but it’s like a hole in the ground and you look
deep, deep, deep, deep, deep, sometimes you can’t even see the
water and the bottom is so deep. And you have to put a bucket
there on a long chain. You put the bucket
down on a long chain and then you hear it
hit the water [splash] and then you pull the
bucket up full of water. Some people say the water
is the story but the bucket, the bucket is the
ears of the listeners and you can’t get the
story without good buckets. And I have to say that all of you have the most
fantastic buckets! So give yourselves a big clap! [ Applause ] And a big clap for
Mama and Baby there. [ Applause ]>>Lee Ann Potter: We want
to thank you both so much. Atinuke, Angela, thank you. Children, thank you. Teachers, thank you. And one last thing, you’ll
notice there’s a poster down here that is describing a
festival that’s happening this Saturday at the National
Museum of African Art, one of the Smithsonian museums, from 11 to 2, if
you’re interested. Both of you will be there. Do you want to say
anything else about it?>>We have lots of other
authors and illustrators that are going to be there. We’re going to have all
these fantastic things to do to wrap your baby on your back. We have a book about a camel so
you’ll get to bling your camel, dress the camel all up, lots
of activities for children. So please tell your
parents and come out. We’d love to have you there.>>Lee Ann Potter:
And thank you again. Colleagues Monica,
Sasha, thanks for all that you did to make
this happen.

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