My Grandfather Is a Magician: Work and Wisdom in an African Village

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This is the story of a little Nigerian boy who doesn’t know what job to do when he grows up. His father teaches in a school, his mother owns a bakery, Auntie Ngo is a doctor, and another aunt makes pots. But his grandfather seems wiser and more interesting than any of them — for he is a traditional healer who uses the ancient knowledge of plants and trees to help his people. Award-winning author Ifeoma Onyefulu presents a vibrant view of African village life in this book for ...
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Overview


This is the story of a little Nigerian boy who doesn’t know what job to do when he grows up. His father teaches in a school, his mother owns a bakery, Auntie Ngo is a doctor, and another aunt makes pots. But his grandfather seems wiser and more interesting than any of them — for he is a traditional healer who uses the ancient knowledge of plants and trees to help his people. Award-winning author Ifeoma Onyefulu presents a vibrant view of African village life in this book for children of all cultures.
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The author introduces us to the members of his family and their various occupations, including a baker, wood carver, potter, doctor, and lawyer. The most interesting one of all is his grandfather, whose understanding of plants helps cure illnesses in his African village in eastern Nigeria. The author cautions the reader that many plants look similar but some can be lethal and therefore they should not experiment with tasting them. The clear full-color photographs bring the countryside, the people, and the culture to life. The text is short, engaging, and informative. Together they make you want to keep turning the page and discovering more. An afterword provides more information about grandfather's plants, the importance of traditional folk medicine, and its impact on scientific studies today. This is a marvelous book for Father's Day, a study on Nigeria, looking at family life, and also the study of plants. Simple enough for reluctant readers, engaging for everyone. 2000 (orig. 1998), Frances Lincoln, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sharon Salluzzo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845075101
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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