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A Gift from Childhood: Memories of an African Boyhood (Hardcover)

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Baba Wagué is only four years old when he is sent to the tiny Malian village of Kassaro to be raised by his paternal grandparents, according to the family tradition. He is most unhappy about this at first, but under his grandmother’s patient and wise tutelage he comes to love his close-knit village community. He learns how to catch a catfish with his bare hands, flees from an army of bees, and mistakes a hungry albino cobra snake for a pink inner tube. Finally, Grandma Sabou decides that Baba is educated enough to go to school, and he moves back to the city, where his family struggles to provide him with a formal education. But he brings his village stories with him, and in the process of sharing them with his neighborhood uncovers his immense artistic and storytelling talents.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0888999313
ISBN-13: 9780888999313
Published: Groundwood Books, 02/01/2010
Pages: 96
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 10
Maximum Age: UP
Minimum Grade Level: 5th Grade
Maximum Grade Level: Up