Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby

The rhythm of the day's activities creates the melody of the evening's lullaby in this sweet song of family life along the banks of Lake Tanganyika. As the bright day shifts to twilight, the lantern on Baba’s boat twinkles in the distance, sending the baby off into a peaceful sleep on Mama’s shoulder.

Inspired by a visit to her son, his wife, and their child in Tanzania, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan writes a gentle story of an African family’s day from sunup to sundown. Rich, beautifully detailed illustrations by Elizabeth Zunon offer a restful complement to the Swahili refrain “lala salama"--an invocation to “sleep well.”

November 2011

Candlewick Press

Ages 3 and up

ISBN 978-0-7636-4747-6

Written by Patricia MacLachlan

"In all of Zunon's warm, intimate oil paintings, the baby is shown held close...[while] the mother's voice lulls, reassures, and soothes..." - Publishers Weekly


All Images Copyright 2017 Elizabeth Zunon