GOLLO AND THE LION by Eric Oyono

GOLLO AND THE LION

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In this retelling of a tale from Cameroon, Gollo and his sister Kaye live happily together until they are stalked by a hungry lion. When the lion devours Kaye and runs away, Gollo enlists the aid of a soothsayer to help him find the lion and get his sister back. With a magic gourd he dries up all the water from the land, forcing the animals to come to him for reliefand that's only the first half of the story. Though longer and more involved than other folktales, Oyono's story uses structural complexity to its advantage. Its improvisational quality make it a natural read-aloud; listeners will feel as if the storyteller is inventing each episode. The paintingsvivid brushstrokes of expansive scenesshow a thorough knowledge of West Africa and its inhabitants. Both newcomers to children's books, Oyono and Corvaisier make an admirable team, combining humor and drama into a diverting lesson on the perilous place humans have in nature. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-7868-0041-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Hyperion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1995