AMADI’S SNOWMAN by Katia Novet Saint-Lot

AMADI’S SNOWMAN

Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Snowmen are not often found in small towns in Nigeria, but Amadi discovers one in, of all places, a book! The elementary-grade boy can do his sums but hates his weekly reading lesson. He wants only to be a trader, an honorable job for an “Igbo man of Nigeria” as he thinks of himself, but his small-businesswoman mother knows that the world is changing and everyone needs an education. Hoping to escape his tutor in the marketplace, he spots Chima, an older boy, actually enjoying a book with a picture that Amadi can’t identify. What could be so white and round and have a carrot for a nose? Know-it-all Amadi starts to change his attitude when he realizes that there are things outside of his village life that he wants to learn about. Tokunbo’s palette contrasts the bright colors of people’s clothing, both contemporary and traditional, with the light-brown muddiness of the village roads and houses in her vigorous paintings. Purposeful, yet without the heavy didacticism of some books on the topic of literacy, this tale shines a welcome light on cultural differences. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: June 15th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-88448-298-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Tilbury House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2008




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