THE IROKO-MAN by Phillis Gershator

THE IROKO-MAN

A Yoruba Folktale
adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 So hideous and powerful is the man-spirit dwelling in the iroko tree that anyone who looks at his face goes mad and dies. Nonetheless, the women of a childless village entreat his help; the wood-carver's wife even offers her firstborn in payment. Later, when she refuses to give up the child, the irate spirit changes her into a bird--until the wood-carver tricks him with a wooden boy. In the end, everyone is satisfied: the child is returned while the iroko-man gains a companion that doesn't go mad and smiles continually. This simple retelling of a vivid Yoruba tale accompanies flat acrylic and collage figures placed as if on a flannel board; the spirit is appropriately treelike (and not particularly horrible of aspect), while humans are painted in a rich brown, evoking the grain of tropical wood. A handsomely set out African ``Rumpelstiltskin.'' (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-531-06810-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 1994




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