By Karen Lynn Williams
“I shall make a galimoto,” Kondi told his brother. In the country of Malawi, Africa the children often must make their own toys. Galimoto means “car” in Chichewa, Malawi’s national language. And so the story begins.
Even though Kondi’s brother laughs at him, Kondi sets about collecting wires for his galimoto - a toy vehicle. He stops by his uncle’s shop, the flour mill and the bicycle repair shop. Finally Kondi has enough wire to make his special toy. By nightfall, his wonderful galimoto is ready for he and his friends to play with, and Kondi begins to think of what he might make tomorrow.
A beautifully illustrated book by Catherine Stock. Books and galimoto toys both are sold at Crossroads Handcrafts of the World.