Mee-An and the Magic Serpent

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Beautiful Mee-An wants to get married but can’t seem to find a man who is as perfect as she is. One day, however, her sister Assa finds Mee-An the perfect mate. Mee-An is determined to marry him, even after a series of bad omens occur. Off the sisters go to live with the perfect man, only to discover he is not at all what he seems to be. Will Assa be able to save her sister from a terrible fate? Baba Wagué Diakité's proves himself a wonderful storyteller, and his brilliant art brings village life alive.

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Kindergarten-Grade 4—Diakité once again reaches into the rich folkloric heritage of his native Mali for this tale of the folly of trusting appearances. Beautiful Mee-An has decided she will accept only a perfect husband, someone without a single scratch, scar, or blemish. Her magical little sister, Assa, turns herself into a fly and believes she has found such a paragon. However, he is really a serpent who plans to fatten both girls and devour them. With the help of a black heron, they are able to escape, and Mee-An learns that "seeing a person is not the same as knowing them." Diakité's trademark ceramic-tile illustrations are on the recto while the cleanly framed text is on the verso. A well-designed and elegantly told addition to folktale shelves.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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As in The Hunterman and the Crocodile (1997), a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, Diakite draws on his Mali roots to tell a West African folktale that has universal appeal. This time it is the story of a beautiful young maiden who believes she deserves a husband without a single scratch, scar, or blemish. After she is tricked by a powerful magic serpent disguised as a handsome suitor, she is saved by her younger, wiser sister, Assa, who turns herself into a fly to discover what is happening. Diakite's boldly colored, detailed pictures, painted on glazed ceramic tiles, show the older sister, who learns her lesson, in a traditional village with jungle animals just across the river. Children who look closely will see a small buzzing fly in the pictures. Hazel Rochman
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