The Gabi That Girma Wore (Hardcover)

The Gabi That Girma Wore By Fasika Adefris, Sara Holly Ackerman, Netsanet Tesfay (Illustrator) Cover Image
On Our Shelves Now
Book Passage, Corte Madera Store
On hand as of Apr 17 5:07pm


From seed to harvest, from loom to shop, to a gift for Girma, this lyrical story of the Ethiopian Gabi is a beautiful celebration of weaving, community and culture.

Written in the cadence of The House That Jack Built, this vibrant and lushly illustrated tale pays tribute to the Gabi— a traditional Ethiopian cloth that is used to celebrate both community and culture. From the tiny seed to the fluffy white cotton, from the steady hands of the farmer to the swift fingers of the weaver, from the busy shopkeeper, to a gift for a loved one, follow the journey of the Gabi that Girma wore in this lively and rhythmic tale that’s perfect to read aloud.

About the Author

Fasika Adefris is an Amharic/Ethiopian Studies teacher at the International Community School of Addis Ababa. She has taught a weaving class with co-author Sara Holly Ackerman for several years at the school.

Sara Holly Ackerman is an early education school teacher who lives with her daughter in Brooklyn, New York.

Netsanet (Net) Tesfay is an illustrator and a graphic designer who lives with her husband and two young children in Northern California. She is a native of Ethiopia and her colorful art is influenced by her heritage and rich Ethiopian culture. You can learn more about Net by visiting her website:

Praise For…

* "A winsome piece of industry, charmingly told, and perfect for reading aloud. Tesfay’s illustrations simply vibrate with color, movement, and details for children to pore over. VERDICT A glorious, too-brief glimpse of Ethiopia for elementary-age children, this will send them off to do further research on textiles and cultures."

School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316470773
ISBN-10: 0316470775
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English