Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker and April Harrison
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Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker and April Harrison

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It is Grandparents Day at Zura's elementary school, and the students are excited to introduce their grandparents and share what makes them special.

Aleja's grandfather is a fisherman, Bisou's grandmother is a dentist. But Zura's Nana, who is her favourite person in the world, looks a little different from other grandmas. Nana Fatou was raised in Ghana, and, following an old West African tradition, has tribal markings on her face. Worried that her classmates will be scared of Nana--or worse, make fun of her--Zura is hesitant to bring her to school.

Nana Fatou knows what to do, though. With a quilt of traditional African symbols and a bit of face paint, Nana Fatou is able to explain what makes her special, and make all of Zura's classmates feel special, too.