THE BUTTER MAN by Elizabeth Alalou

THE BUTTER MAN

Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

On Saturday evening, Nora’s mother is at work, and Nora waits for her father to cook couscous. To pass the time, he talks about his childhood in Morocco. During a time without rain, his father sold the cow and left for the mountains to work. Soon, there was no butter left and only bread to eat. Young Ali’s mother sent him to wait for the butter man, but Ali ate the bread before his arrival. Day after day this happened, until finally, Ali’s father returned with food. And the butter man? Perhaps he never came, but the rain did, and eventually, the family was able to buy another cow. With perfect timing, Nora’s mother arrives home from work, and the family enjoys a flavorful feast in a satisfying conclusion of this realistic Jack in the Beanstalk tale. Essakalli’s memorable gouache illustrations provide a sense of place, and while the Berber words in the text are not always immediately defined, a glossary is located in the back. Also includes an informative author’s note on the Berber, or Imazighen, people of Morocco. (Picture book. 5-9)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-58089-127-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Charlesbridge
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2008




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