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Publisher Comments:

Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria. He is the author of five novels, including the widely acclaimed international bestseller Things Fall Apart, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize. He lives with his wife in Providence, RI.

Review:

"Originally published as a children's book and now debuting in the States as a 'fable for readers all ages,' this light work by the boundlessly talented Achebe follows Chike, an 11-year-old boy whose adventures comprise neat little life lessons. Chike lives in the Nigerian village of Umuofia with his mother and two sisters, and is surrounded by stories, such as that of Sarah, a friend of his mother, who tells Chike of a small bird and the River Niger; the story has a big impact on Chike, who likes to retell it with embellishments of his own, and, more significantly, it implants in Chike a strong desire to see and cross the great Niger. The desire becomes an obsession that leads to a foolish bargain struck with a charlatan and to taking a risk that nearly costs Chike his life. Of course this is one of many lessons that lead to maturity; others stem from mischief Chike gets up to with his friend Samuel, aka S.M.O.G. (Samuel Maduka Obi, with the 'G' added just for fun), who teaches Chike how to ride a bicycle and nudges him into various adventures, most with a comic twist. Rodriguez's charming illustrations add texture to a classic children's story. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

“African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe.” —Toni Morrison

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307473868
Author:
Achebe, Chinua
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8 x 5.38 x 0.3 in 0.3125 lb

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Product details 96 pages Anchor Books - English 9780307473868 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Originally published as a children's book and now debuting in the States as a 'fable for readers all ages,' this light work by the boundlessly talented Achebe follows Chike, an 11-year-old boy whose adventures comprise neat little life lessons. Chike lives in the Nigerian village of Umuofia with his mother and two sisters, and is surrounded by stories, such as that of Sarah, a friend of his mother, who tells Chike of a small bird and the River Niger; the story has a big impact on Chike, who likes to retell it with embellishments of his own, and, more significantly, it implants in Chike a strong desire to see and cross the great Niger. The desire becomes an obsession that leads to a foolish bargain struck with a charlatan and to taking a risk that nearly costs Chike his life. Of course this is one of many lessons that lead to maturity; others stem from mischief Chike gets up to with his friend Samuel, aka S.M.O.G. (Samuel Maduka Obi, with the 'G' added just for fun), who teaches Chike how to ride a bicycle and nudges him into various adventures, most with a comic twist. Rodriguez's charming illustrations add texture to a classic children's story. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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