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The House with No Door: African Riddle-Poems
     

The House with No Door: African Riddle-Poems

by Brian Swann, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
 

When is a riddle not a riddle? When it's a riddle-poem! Riddle poems are unique. The succinct poetic images in this delightful and often moving collection have been gathered from various African sources by Brian Swann, a preeminent scholar, poet, and collector of riddles from around the globe. Warm and colorful paintings by renowned author-illustrator Ashley Bryan

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When is a riddle not a riddle? When it's a riddle-poem! Riddle poems are unique. The succinct poetic images in this delightful and often moving collection have been gathered from various African sources by Brian Swann, a preeminent scholar, poet, and collector of riddles from around the globe. Warm and colorful paintings by renowned author-illustrator Ashley Bryan make this book a treasure. There are twenty-two poetic visions to ponder in this noteworthy collection.

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Children's Literature - Leila Toledo
Bright, colorful painting form answers to the riddle-poem on each page. Many of the riddles have more than one answer. In fact, one can be creative and find a variety of answers buried in each picture. Even if the answer to the riddle escapes you, there is a joy in just looking at each of the colorful scenes. This book presents a child with the opportunity to be creative and make up stories about each riddle-poem.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Citing scholarly sources, Swann has fashioned 14 brief poems from African riddles. Each two-page spread is lavishly illustrated with Bryan's characteristically bright, ebullient pictures in tempera and gouache. On each left-hand page a riddle is posed. The facing illustration contains the answer, or, in several cases, answers. Some of the riddles are engaging: "Ever since he was born/he's been standing like that,/one hand on his hip" (a cup). Others, such as "These are my children./Let them stay behind/and be brought up properly" (pumpkins), are more obscure. Although not an essential purchase, this title can serve as an attractive supplement to collections of African folklore.-Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library, KY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152008055
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Series:
Browndeer Press Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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