Barnes & Noble Bookfairs

Saturday March 24th

12 noon – 6:00 pm

Barnes & Noble – Ashburn Store in One Loudoun

20427 Exchange Street, Ashburn, VA 20147

At 2:00 pm listen to author Nelda LaTeef read from her book Animal Village

10% of all onsite and online sales proceeds will benefit community service programs,
provided to at-risk children and low-income families,
delivered from the INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center in Sterling, VA.


Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online by entering
BookFair ID # 12337804 at checkout.


For in store purchases bring this flyer with you to checkout. Flyer in English.

Feria del Libro
Sábado 24 de Marzo
12 mediodía – 6:00 pm
Librería Barnes & Noble – Centro Comercial One Loudoun en Ashburn
20427 Exchange Street, Ashburn, VA 20147

El 10% de todas las ventas en la librería y por Internet serán en beneficio de programas para niños en riesgo y familias de escazos recursos que reciben servicios
en el Centro de Oportunidades para la Familia y la Juventud de INMED, ubicado en Sterling, VA.


Visítenos en la página BN.COM/bookfairs y apóyenos en línea entrando el código
# 12337804 cuando ejecute el pago.


Para en las compras de la tienda lleve este folleto con usted a la comprobación. Flyer in Spanish.


At 2:00 pm listen to author Nelda LaTeef read from her book Animal Village

Animal Village
Written and illustrated by Nelda LaTeef

Kirkus Starred Review

“Animal Village is an inspiring story that teaches us perseverance and the value
of working together. What is true in the animal village equally holds for our
global village.”
Benita Ferrero-Waldner,
European Commissioner for Trade and European Neighborhood Policy,
United Nations Chief of Protocol, and Foreign Minister of Austria

“In her book, Animal Village, such mighty lessons Nelda LaTeef teaches the young and those of us who are not so young. Listen to the ‘old stories’ passed down from ‘the ancestors;’ it is always better to pull together rather than stand against each other; keep at a task until it is done; and everything is possible, by and by.”
Johnnetta Betsch Cole,
Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

From the Zarma people of West Africa comes Animal Village, an authentic folk tale about a tortoise who saves her village from the ravages of drought with wisdom passed down from an ‘old story.’

Author/Illustrator Nelda LaTeef heard the tale from a griot (storyteller) in the Republic of Niger, and she created a picture book that introduces the culture of the Zarma and the sub-Saharan region of Africa to children around the world. The story is especially relevant to sub-Saharan Africa as it focuses on the devastation of drought and the importance of received knowledge. With its dual themes of wisdom and grit, the book happily entertains while it teaches the importance of hard work and persistence as keys to success.

LaTeef’s brilliant and strikingly vivid montage of illustrations done in acrylic, Indian ink, colored paper, and collage on art board captures the richness and vibrancy of the sub-Saharan culture from which the story springs.

Animal Village includes an Author’s Note about the geography and culture of the Zarma people, and a map of Africa accompanied by fascinating facts about the African continent.

Nelda LaTeef has lived, traveled, and studied extensively in Africa. She is the author of The Hunter and the Ebony Tree, which was translated in Italian, Gaelic and Korean and received the Storytelling World Honor Award. The story was included in Around the World with Historical Fiction and Folktales: Highly Recommended and Award Winning as well as in Representing Africa in Children’s Literature, Old and New Ways of Seeing. LaTeef’s illustrations were showcased at the Society of Illustrators in New York and the McLean Project for the Arts. A cum laude graduate of Harvard
University, she lives with her family in Great Falls, Virginia.

Press Release

Animal Village
Written and illustrated by Nelda LaTeef
Sub-Saharan Publishers
Hardcover, reinforced, 101/2 ” x 11 1/4″ 36 pages
Audience: Ages 6-12 (Grades 1-6)
Publication date: 2017
Distributed to the book trade by African Books Collective