Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water: A Mpongwe Tale

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Very Good/Fair 2nd Printing Hard Cover with a Dust Jacket, Glossy Pictorial Boards, unpaginated, about 30 pages Binding is solid; slight bump to front corners; tiny rub to ... tip of back corners; slight bump to head and tail of spine; tiny rub to bottom spine corners; tiny indentation to top edge of front board, otherwise, edge wear is slight; black marker line on bottom page edges; " closed tear to bottom of one page; small crease to bottom corner of front endpaper; small stain, about quarter size, at top of front endpaper, otherwise, pages are clean, no marks to text, no owner information, gift messages, store stamps, or moisture damage. DJ, not price clipped, in archival Brodart cover; wear to head and tail of spine and flap fold corners; crease to flap folds; plastic coating on jacket is delaminating along edges, spine edges and flap folds; long crease to top edge of back panel; several tiny tears to top edges. A West African Tale; The King Gorilla wants the strongest male for his daughter (who wants to wed the young gorilla who plays tag with her). The King has contest to see who will win her. Will gift wrap, no charge, just state the occasion. Scan available on request Read more Show Less

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hardcover 1st ed New York. 1988. Dial Press. 1st Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. unpaginated. March 1988. hardcover. 0803704127. Cover art by Victoria Chess. Illustrations by ... Victoria Chess. keywords: Children's Books Africa Pourquoi Mpongwe. inventory # 9967. FROM THE PUBLISHER-This Pourquoi tale of the Mpongwe explains why talapoins live in trees. King Gorilla finds a barrel of vinegar and decides to use the vinegar to get a strong and powerful husband for his daughter. Will the princess get to marry the gorilla of her dreams? Verna Aardema was a school teacher in Michigan from 1934 to 1973. Her writing is very unique with stories full of expressive animal characters. Many of her books have won various awards. Verna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen (June 6, 1911 ? May 11, 2000), best known by the name Verna Aardema, was an American writer of children's books. Verna Norberg was born in New Era, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. of Journalism in 1934. She worked as a grade sc Read more Show Less

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Artist and author, displaying the considerable wit and style for which each is known, turn an age-old idea on its side: the events surrounding a contest for the hand of a princess. King Gorilla is intent on selecting a strong, brave husband for his daughter. Whoever can quaff a barrel of vinegar, he declares, shall be the one. Elephant saunters up confidently and takes a generous trunkful of the bitter stuff. In the end, the princess marries the handsome gorilla she's had her eye on all alongbut not until she's had the fun of seeing a host of animals apply themselves to the task, with increasingly comical results. Aardema has created a high-spirited, infectiously funny story, and the language of the tale is jaunty, playful and sureperfect for reading aloud. Chess's illustrations are an inspired choice. Her animals scheme, boast, swagger, spit and, in the case of the princess, chortle with gleeeach expression hilariously rendered in her lush pen-and-watercolor scenes. Ages 4-8. (March)
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K-Gr 2 In this light-hearted folktale from the West African Mpongwe, King Gorilla decrees that whoever can drink a barrel of mysterious, malodorous water (actually vinegar) will win his daughter's hand in marriage. Four confident suitorsElephant, Hippopotamus, Hog, and Leopardare defeated in their attempts to down the disgusting drink. The tiny talapoin succeeds by taking one sip at a time, then dashing into the brush where he is replaced by another mischievous monkey. This collective treachery is revealed when 100 chattering monkeys demand the royal bride. Romance abruptly turns into porquoi story. In anger, Leopard attacks the tricksters who take refuge in the treetops; hence, their arboreal, tail-swinging status. As for the princess, she chooses her own beastly bridegroom. Despite the shaky structure, children will respond favorably to Aardema's trademark descriptions of sounds (Hog moves ``naka, naka, naka'') gentle humor, and simple rhymes. Surrounded by African motif borders, the brightly colored paintings (pen, ink, and dry-brush watercolors) are appropriately playful and primitive. Chess has a knack for creating amiably human beasts. While this story lacks the spirit of Aardema's best work, it is adequately retold and suitable for reading aloud and storytelling. Julie Corsaro, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803704121
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1988
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.40 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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