Tawia Goes to Sea
Age Range: 6 – 10 years
Received a UNESCO citation as Best Picture Book from Africa
Tawia lives in a fishing village near Accra. He longs to go to sea with the men, but they tell him he is too young. Undaunted and headstrong Tawia builds his own coconut canoe and sets it out to sea.
Meshack Asare is one of Africa's top children's writers and illustrators, and has won numerous awards including being the 2015 recipient of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, he is the first African to win the award. In 1982 he won The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and in 1999 the Toyota/Children's Literature Foundation Best Picture Story Book Illustrator's award and the Unesco First Prize for Children and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.
Meshack Asare, born 1945 in Ghana, studied Fine Arts at the College of Art in Kumasi and taught in Ghana for 12 years between 1967 and 1979. During that period, he took an extension course in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin.