Traveling to Tondo

Traveling to Tondo

by Verna Aardema, Will Hillenbrand
     
 

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Illus. in full color. "Bowane, the cat, has asked for the hand of a beautiful feline and is returning to his future wife's village with a basket of copper and trinkets. On the way, he invites one friend after another to accompany him. But delays stall the wedding party—for years—and when the entourage finally reaches Tondo, they are not welcome. This… See more details below

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Illus. in full color. "Bowane, the cat, has asked for the hand of a beautiful feline and is returning to his future wife's village with a basket of copper and trinkets. On the way, he invites one friend after another to accompany him. But delays stall the wedding party—for years—and when the entourage finally reaches Tondo, they are not welcome. This satisfying tale owes its success to a clean, straightforward telling and beautiful illustrations. Perfect for reading aloud, this is a traveling tale for all collections."—(starred) School Library Journal.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hillenbrand's muted, stylized illustrations complement Aardema's wry narration of Bowane the civet cat's slow, slow journey toward his prospective bride. Ages 3-8. (Feb.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-- Not since the Three Sillies has there been a more foolish group of misfits--an unlikely quartet of a groom-to-be civet cat and his friends: a pigeon, a python, and a turtle. Bowane, the cat, has asked for the hand of a beautiful feline and is returning to his future wife's village with a basket of copper and trinkets. On the way, he invites one dear friend after another to accompany him. But one delay after another stalls the wedding party--for years--and when the entourage finally reaches Tondo, they are not welcome. The bride-to-be has married another and has a family, and Bowane is run off in disgrace. This satisfying tale owes its success to a clean, straightforward telling and beautiful illustrations in blues, browns, greens, and gold. Small black decorations under the text show the silly travellers in silhouette as they march along. This is the kind of story children love, and they're sure to cluck their tongues as they sit in awe of someone else's stupidity. Told with a steady rhythm that's perfect for reading aloud, this is a traveling tale for all collections. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL

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ISBN-13:
9780679800811
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/16/1991
Pages:
40
Age Range:
5 - 10 Years

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