Under the Tamarind Tree
  1. Joshua and Timo didn’t want to move to a new area. How do you think you would feel if you had to move to a far away place? What would you miss the most? What would you look forward to?
  2. Think of a time when you have had to go to a new place, or face a new situation. Perhaps you had to go to hospital, or get on a bus on your own, or move to a new school. How did that make you feel? What helped you to be brave?
  3. Describe all the different family backgrounds of the child characters in the book. Do you think that in real life they could be friends? Why, or why not?
  4. Joshua was worried that the children in his new village would treat him differently because he looked different. Do you think this happens in real life? Discuss any time you have experienced this.
  5. Imani needed a lot of help to be able to walk, but he had to help himself, too. What do you think about his determination? Is there someone with an illness or disability in your group? If there is, ask them what particular challenges they face, and if there’s anything you could do to help.
  6. What did Joshua learn from the Safari stories his dad told?
  7. Shema and Sam found some amazing treasure! If you were in their situation, who would you tell? Or would you keep it a secret? What does the saying finders keepers, losers weepers mean? What do you think about it?
  8. Ishimwe had a dream to become a nurse. What dreams do you have for the future? What could you do now to help them become a reality?
  9. Dr Wallis knew he must keep the promise he had made to Imani’s parents. Why is it important to keep our promises? How do we feel when people don’t keep their promises to us? Are there any times when it is right to break a promise?
  10. What have you learned from reading this book? What did you like best about the story?
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