Galimoto

Overview

Kondi is determined to make a galimoto — a toy vehicle made of wires. His brother laughs at the idea, but all day Kondi goes about gathering up the wire he needs. By nightfall, his wonderful galimoto is ready for the village children to play with in the light of the moon.

Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

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Overview

Kondi is determined to make a galimoto — a toy vehicle made of wires. His brother laughs at the idea, but all day Kondi goes about gathering up the wire he needs. By nightfall, his wonderful galimoto is ready for the village children to play with in the light of the moon.

Walking through his village, a young African boy finds the materials to make a special toy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An African boy collects scraps of wire to make a galimoto --a toy vehicle. In PW 's words, ``Williams's gentle text and Stock's soft watercolors capture the essence of life in a small African village. Children . . . will warm to this tale of a boy's persistence and not-so-small accomplishment.'' Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- When seven-year-old Kondi decides to fashion a galimoto (a generic term for various push-toys made from wires and sticks), his older brother is convinced that a small boy should not undertake such a difficult project. Besides, the elder brother reminds him, Kondi does not have enough wire to make a toy. Readers follow the clever boy through his small African village on his quest to obtain the precious material from adults and other children through persuasion and old-fashioned know-how. Although he encounters many obstacles in his search, Kondi's persistence is rewarded. Stock's bright watercolor illustrations energize this quiet tale. Readers will cheer Kondi as he sees his goal realized. A good read-aloud choice. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688109912
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Series: One World Friends and Neighbors Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 230,025
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

When Karen Lynn Williams was growing up in New Haven, Connecticut, her dream was to become the youngest novelist ever. At the age of ten, she formed a writing group with some of her friends. They would lounge around on pillows and in old stuffed chairs in her basement and write for hours. When Karen hadn't produced the hoped-for novel by the age of twelve, she gave up on her dream of early publication, but not on writing. Although it took longer than she initially thought it would, eventually Karen became the award-winning author of such books as Baseball and Butterflies (a novel) and Galimoto and Painted Dreams, both picture books illustrated by Catherine Stock. Karen Lynn Williams lives with her husband, Steven, and their children, Peter, Christopher, Rachel, and Jonathan, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Catherine Stock lives in New York City and France.

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