Vacation in the Village

Overview

School is out. Now it's time for Nweb's vacation. He should be excited, but instead he's worried. This year Nweb's family has decided to leave the city and vacation in the village of his grandparents. Nweb has never been to the village. He doesn't know anyone there. He's worried that he won't meet anyone who will play with him. But things begin to brighten up when he meets a boy name Masso. Soon Nweb is fishing, climbing trees, and learning the customs of his people. He is sad to return to the city, but...

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Overview

School is out. Now it's time for Nweb's vacation. He should be excited, but instead he's worried. This year Nweb's family has decided to leave the city and vacation in the village of his grandparents. Nweb has never been to the village. He doesn't know anyone there. He's worried that he won't meet anyone who will play with him. But things begin to brighten up when he meets a boy name Masso. Soon Nweb is fishing, climbing trees, and learning the customs of his people. He is sad to return to the city, but one day he will visit the village again.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
This story relates how a West African boy copes with his family's summer vacation in his grandparents' village. Nwemb worries he will not have any fun since he will be away from the city, children he knows, and his toys. After sleeping through the train ride with his family, Nwemb is met by a boy named Masso, who helps him with his luggage. Masso turns out to be a distant relative who takes him fishing and shows him how to make things out of bamboo, track birds with sling shots (parents beware), and climb trees. Out of friendship, Masso gives Nwemb a turtle. By the end of the vacation, Nwemb is sad to go home but takes the turtle with him and knows he will return. The simple illustrations present an authentic picture of life in West Africa, giving particular insight into the interiors of the homes. The lighter, brighter colors are effective, but the darker colors, especially when superimposed on a dark background, lack clarity and make the figures difficult to see. Children of the U.S. and Canada will get a glimpse into another world, which they may find is not so different from their own.
Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Nwemb, a young boy living in Cameroon, is unhappy to learn that his family will be leaving the city for a vacation in the village where his grandparents live. Once there, though, he makes friends with Masso and does exciting things with him, like fishing, exploring the forest, and listening to stories about their ancestors. As the vacation ends, Nwemb realizes that he has come to love the simple village life and vows to return soon. This dull, prosaically told tale lacks virtually any richness of detail: there is no description of what is in the forest, of the fish in the river, or of the prey the boys are hunting in the fields. Nor is there enough information to compare and contrast city and village life. The bright, childlike illustrations are equally unappealing.-Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563978234
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 986,424
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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