The Day Gogo Went to Vote by Elinor Batezat Sisulu is a picture book about a historical event of voting for the president of South Africa It is seen through the eyes of a little girl named Thembi The story starts off with Thembi talking about how her Gogo means so much to her and what they do together Gogo is Thembi s grandmother who is 100 years old who watches her when her parents go to work The story is placed in 1994 in South Africa when a new government and president is about to be elected Gogo is very old but wants to vote since black people in South Africa have fought for many years for the right to vote and it will be her first time to vote for their own leaders and it could be her last The story continues on Gogo and Thembi s journey on how to get Gogo to go vote since she cannot walk or stand for long This story is a moving testament to the courage of the South African people The pictures are portrayed through pastel illustrations that correlate with the text as each page goes on This uplifting book shows children what a democracy means which is important to learn about at a young age The pictures show long lines of people waiting in them to vote for the first time in their lives The pictures are very detailed and add to the text for children to have a better picture of what is going on The moving story of Thembi and Gogo s experience on voting I highly recommend to children who are learning about democracy and voting for the first time It will show children how people struggled all their lives for the right to vote and how people worked so hard for that freedom I thought the story was portrayed really well and it was an easy read It was very interesting and every page I wanted to keep reading What made me choose this book from the rest was because in today s society America just voted for the President of The United States so it caught my eye This book would be perfect to read to children around election time to show that the right to voting for women and African Americans was fought for for a long time The Day Gogo Went to Vote is the perfect book to learn about the history of voting and read about it through a child s eyes. This is a moving book about South Africa s first election in 1994, where a grandmother shows her granddaughter just how important it is to have the right to vote We should all read it, and be inspired to utilize our right to vote here in the USA. Oh please read this with your kids on election day It s a great example for your unit on personal narratives in which students choose a significant personal event or person about which to write , and I love how the first page is a glossary and pronunciation guide for a few words in the narrative and some of them involve a CLICK It d be fun to have a group of kids trying to pronounce them and then listening to an online translatoryou d definitely want to see where South Africa is on a map with the kiddosthese things make me want to be a librarian in an elementary school sometimes. This book was about a young girl and her grandma, Gogo, and her grandmother voting Gogo was old and had many experiences in her life, she also had many basic rights denied Nelson Mandela was running for president in South Africa and Gogo was determined to do whatever she had in order to vote The girl s family found someone with a vehicle and the family borrowed the car in order to drive Gogo to the voting location After she voted Gogo felt proud and excited This book is a great book to use in a civil rights unit. This story is set in South Africa in 1994 at the time of the first universal elections It is narrated by Thembi, a young girl growing up in a South African township Thembi tells the story of her elderly grandmother s determination to exercise her newly acquired right to vote I thought this was a beautiful book that tells the complex story of the end of Apartheid in an accessible way The story impresses upon the reader that the right to vote is not something that should be taken for granted We learn that Gogo has waited her whole life in order to vote By telling the story of the 1994 election through Thembi s eyes the event is personalised for the reader It also shows the reader the difference between having the right to vote and being able to vote Thembi s parents encourage Gogo not to travel to the polling station for fear that her health will suffer rather than because they oppose her voting The day that Gogo votes is therefore a personal triumph for her as well as a significant day for South Africa I discovered this book when it was used as a teaching resource in a year 4 class in which I worked as a teaching assistant I think that many of the children enjoyed the story although a few struggled with the concepts, so I would recommend it for readers aged 9 and 10 After reading the story my year 4 class conducted interviews with the characters This allowed them to explore the feelings of the different characters in greater depth They also wrote newspaper articles about the 1994 election Therefore addition to introducing them to an important historical event the exercise allowed them to explore the difference between facts and opinions. This is the story of one family at the time of the historic 1994 South African elections Told from the point of view of a six year old girl whose great grandmother was going to vote for the firs time in her life in that election, this is a powerful reminder of how important it is to participate in civic actions such as elections Well told and illustrated, this is a story that should be shared with children and adults, as its applicability is equal for both groups. The Day Gogo Went to Vote is a feel good, historical story about a woman and a great granddaughter Gogo was determined to vote for the future president because she knew it would be her last time She explained to her granddaughter how she did not have these rights in the past because of her skin color The great granddaughter did not fully understand the political side of things for her grandmother but she supported her by being right by her side all the way up until the voting process Gogo is an inspirational character that demonstrates activism and pride Students who are unaware of the history of African Americans who lived through the change of society would be able to get a sense of historical facts within this story This story contains a political view point when it comes to the voting process It is a powerful story that shows the remarkable strength and courage Gogo contains Each page bleeds through giving readers a meaningful viewpoint The colors are rich in pastels and have bold lines outlining characters, background features, and other minor details Students can gain a new perspective by reading this story about their families, history, and or determination in general I would highly recommend this book to families globally to help children better understand this critically social issue of politics, skin color, and overall history. Best Book, The Day Gogo Went To Vote Author Elinor Sisulu This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Day Gogo Went To Vote, Essay By Elinor Sisulu Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You Born in Zimbabwe, now living in Cape Town, Sisulu s story is one of many in which she works at preserving the stories of her family and community for future generations Having worked at a polling booth during South Africa s first democratic elections, Sisulu wanted to create a story for her sons which would celebrate and commemorate this event for her own children Told in first person by the six year old Thembi and her great grandmother Gogo for short it tells of how Gogo wishes to escape the confines of her house in order to vote for the first time We watch as the whole community comes together to support Gogo and the celebrations which ensue once she has The child s eye view of an important historic moment in South African history is told well and Sisulu blends fact and fiction in a wonderful way without one element being lost to the other Wilson s pastels bring life to the characters and life in Soweto A wonderful little story which lets us not forget the tireless fight of many black South Africans. Genre fiction based on a true story picture book historical recordTopic election in South Africa, votingTheme the responsibilities and privileges of votingIllustrations The illustrations are dark but colorful They look like pastel sketches They are not highly supportive of the text but they do illustrate key points of the text.Reading level fluentUse read aloud, guided reading, independent readingLiterary Elements dialogueThoughts The Day Gogo Went to Vote is a story based on the 1994 South African elections The story, told by the granddaughter, is about the grandmother, GoGo, who votes for the first time and the struggle she goes through to cast her vote It is a powerful story about the desire Gogo has to vote It is a book for fluent readers Some of the concepts are difficult The book uses words from South African dialects repeatedly The text is black text on dark colored backgrounds, and it jumps around on the pages Many of the words are not high frequency words, and they are multi syllable words.
Elinor Sisulu is a writer, human rights activist and political analyst.She combines training in history, English literature, development studies and feminist theory She completed her first two degrees at the University of Zimbabwe and studied at the United Nations Institute for Economic Planning and Development IDEP in Dakar, Senegal From 1984 85 she studied for a MA in Development Studies at
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- The Day Gogo Went to Vote
- Elinor Sisulu
- 21 March 2019 Elinor Sisulu