Tembo is one of the characters in Savanna Stories. In fact, he was the first character I created, back before I even knew there would be a collection. He stars in the stories, Tembo the Elephant (in Volume I) and Tembo Can’t Sleep (in the Complete Set), and makes an appearance in Hippo Splash, Waiting for Tembo, Oka the Friendly Snake, Mbuni the Ostrich, and Going Bananas.
Brooke: Hi Tembo. Thanks for joining us today. What is your favorite thing to do on the savanna?
Tembo: Jambo Brooke. I love playing kick rock with my friends or splashing in the watering hole with my family.
Brooke: That sounds like fun. My kids want to know what Africa is like.
Tembo: Well, I only know my little part of Africa, which is the Sergengeti plain. And I know from my friend Nyumbu the gnu, who migrates north every year, that the Maasai Mara is very similar to the Serengeti. It’s beautiful here! When the sun sets it turns the sky almost every color you can imagine.
Brooke: It sure does. My youngest son wants to know if you ever see rainbows. We have a saying here that April showers bring May flowers, and he learned about rainbows in preschool.
Tembo: Oh yes, I have seen beautiful rainbows that never seem to end. What are April showers?
Brooke: April is the beginning of Spring for us, so you could say it is our rainy season.
Tembo: We have one or two rainy seasons, but some years they are too short or come too late, and not enough food grows for all the animals. Then I lose family members and friends to the drought.
Brooke: That is very sad. So you must celebrate the rain, right?
Tembo: Yes. The rain is important to our life cycle. And it is more fun to splash in the watering hole when the hole has water. The savanna can get very hot and dusty during the dry seasons.
Brooke: Well, I’ll let you get back to that game of kick rock with Nyumbu and the others. Asante sana for taking the time out to answer my questions!
Tembo: Hakuna matata, Brooke!