When Koi, the yongest son of Chief Ogumefu, learns that his only inheritance is a scraggly kola tree, he decides to travel the world. With only a sack of kola nuts on his back, Koi sets out on a wonderful journey in search of his own fortune, and learns a lesson: Do good and good will come back to you.
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Joe Cepeda is the illustrator of many awarding-winning picture books including Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, What a Truly Cool World by Julius Lester, a Family Life Magazine Top 10 Best Books of the Year, a Family Fun Critic's Choice, and BCCB Blue Ribbon Book , Mice and Beans by Pam MuÑoz Ryan, and Gracias the Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley which was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach. Mr. Cepeda received the Recognition of Merit Award for 2000 from The George G. Stone Center for Children's Books. His illustrations have appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles Times; Buzz, Inc. Magazine; and Latina Magazine.About the Author:
Among the acclaimed reteller Verna Aardema's many picture books are Anansi Does the Impossible, about which School Library Journal raved: "Perfect for reading aloud . . . make room on the shelf" She is also the author of Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa and Travelling to Tondo, both chosen as Notable Books by the American Library Association, as well as Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears, which won the 1976 Caldecott medal. Mrs. Aardema lives in Fort Meyers, Florida.
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