Meet a crocodile, a snake, and an ant who would do anything for some kola nuts.
Meet a demanding chief who seeks a worthy husband for his beautiful daughter.
Now meet Koi, a worthy young man who just happens to have inherited a seemingly useless kola nut tree, and has just set out in search of adventure and romance.
Could Koi's kola nut tree possibly bring good to others? And could this good possibly come back to him in full measure? Read this delightfully spirited tale by the premier reteller of African folktales for children, illustrated with Joe Cepeda's boisterous paintings, to find out!
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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.From Kirkus Reviews:
An irrepressible youth turns a missed opportunity into good fortune in this frenetic retelling of an African folktale from Aardema (This for That, 1997, etc.). When his father, the chief of his people, dies, Koi is out hunting and so misses the division of property among his brothers (including the distribution of ivory tusks), leaving him with a lone kola tree as his inheritance. Undeterred, Koi sees this as a chance to explore the world. On his journey, he encounters several creatures who are in need of assistance: a snake with a sick mother, a frantic army of ants fleeing the Forest Devil, and a penitent crocodile facing the wrath of the Rainmaker, whose dog he ate. Koi's kola nuts are always the answer to the desperate animals' prayers. When he comes upon the realm of Chief Fulikolli, a ragged Koi accepts the challenge of winning the hand of the chief's daughter and one half of his chiefdom. With the aid of the grateful creatures, Koi performs three seemingly impossible tasks. Laced with the liberal humor that is Aardema's hallmark, Koi's story and his sturdy spirit will draw readers in, as will the many uses of the kola nut and the lesson of doing good for others. In Cepeda's vibrant illustrations, the Liberian landscape glistens and its people dance across the page, while the last sceneof Koi as a chiefis a portrait of ebullience rewarded. (glossary) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110689817606
Book Description Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0689817606