Set in Lamu, the ancient island town on the east coast of Africa, somewhat north of Mombasa, Kenya.
Mzee, an old fisherman, catches one fish at a time, sells half of what he catches, and appears to be lazy.
Mzungu, a smooth-talking “foreigner”, tries to change his ways – and by his smooth talk proves Mzee the smarter of the two. Most of the unfamiliar words are used in a self-explanatory manner. The story is rhythmic, and the excellent, imaginative black line drawings support the ideas beautifully.
Includes a map and brief notes at the end of the book.