Patricia Roddy Api and the Boy Stranger

ISBN 13: 9780803712218

Api and the Boy Stranger

3.6 avg rating
( 5 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780803712218: Api and the Boy Stranger
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In this Ivory Coast legend, Api and her family are repaid for their kindness to a stranger with a mysterious warning to leave their village and go to the other side of the river Amman

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-3-An Ivory Coast village explains its origins through this story of kindness and cruelty. While preparations for a feast are underway, a thin "boy stranger" arrives and begs for food. He is refused by all but Api's family. On the next feast day, the little girl's peers hurt her during a game. Again the stranger appears, is refused by the others, but fed by Api's parents. The third time, after the child is again tricked and hurt by her peers, the stranger warns her family to move away. They invite the others to come along, but no one else leaves. From a distance, the family sees their village being destroyed by a volcano. The bamboo grove where they begin anew eventually becomes a village, one that is "always willing to share its food with strangers." The characters are depicted attractively, but the chief visual interest in the otherwise rather static pictures is the West-African designs on their clothing. These vibrant patterns punctuate the pages, just as onomatopoeia punctuates the text. The absolute, ruthless justice of the story and the simple, unsophisticated illustrations make for a book that rather starkly reflects its exotic source. For an equally moralizing but visually and textually richer look at a West African village today, try Pete and Mary Watson's The Market Lady and the Mango Tree (Tambourine, 1994).
Patricia Dooley, formerly at University of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This legend from the Ivory Coast takes the form of a cautionary tale, used to teach children to share their food. Young Api listens to the comforting rhythms of village women as they prepare a feast: "Tue, ta. Tue, ta," her mother pounds the foutou. "Ngub. Ngub," bubbles the sauce. "Pssssss. Pssssss , " chicken sizzles on the grill. The reverie is broken by the arrival of a stranger, " a very thin boy carrying a bowl." He is shunned by everyone except Api's mother, who gives him the largest foutou. He appears twice again, the final time warning people to leave the village before daybreak. Once again, only Api's family pays attention to the boy, feeding him and heeding his advice. As they travel, their village is engulfed by a fiery volcano, and the sounds of destruction cleverly repeat the cooking noises described earlier. Api's family establishes a new village, which "to this day is always willing to share its food with strangers." Newcomer Roddy's use of onomatopoeia enlivens the story, which is further enriched by a glossary and an author's note. Russell's ( One Smiling Grandma ) full-bleed pastels depict the beautiful, contradictory landscape, featuring both arid, sandy terrain and lush, verdant land. Festively patterned West African garments add splashes of color. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780803712225: Api and the Boy Stranger

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0803712227 ISBN 13:  9780803712225
Publisher: Dial, 1994
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Patricia Roddy
Published by Dial (1994)
ISBN 10: 0803712219 ISBN 13: 9780803712218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dial, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0803712219

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 17.71
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Patricia Roddy
Published by Dial (1994)
ISBN 10: 0803712219 ISBN 13: 9780803712218
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Dial, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0803712219

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 18.69
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds