A CROCODILE HAS ME BY THE LEG by Leonard W.- Ed. Doob

A CROCODILE HAS ME BY THE LEG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A very small collection of African poems that are not so much poems as chants or charms--reassurances from mother to child, ""good advice,"" laments of hunger and prayers for rain. Among the advice is a warning that ""To become a chief's favorite/ Is not always comfortable;/ It is like making friends/ With a hippopotamus;"" also a quick cure for laziness, a longer Invocation of truthfulness. The eternal Verities take on a slightly different cast, which is the chief value of this assemblage of traditional, material by the Chairman of the Council of African Studies at Yale; also its good looks--it is attractively designed and strongly illustrated by a Nigerian artist. Teachers should be particularly receptive.

Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1967
Publisher: Walker