The narrator-a young boy living in present-day Nigeria-tells the reader about his "magician" grandfather, a traditional healer. The narrator first tantalizes the reader, introducing us to some of his other relatives and briefly explaining the jobs they hold-his grandmother sews wedding dresses, an aunt is a doctor, and one uncle is a lawyer while another carves sculptures from wood-before focusing on the grandfather. The second half of the book sees the grandfather showing his grandson how he collects plants from the forest and uses them to heal the sick. Like Onyefulu's Ogbo: Sharing Life in an African Village (rev. 9/96), this spaciously designed picture book is illustrated with beautiful full-color photographs. The brief, personal text provides a sense of life in contemporary Nigeria in a way that the usual "facts about" approach does not. An author's note explains ways in which modern medical researchers are studying some of the same plants the grandfather employs and finding that science supports their use. With its possibilities for many cross-curricular uses, the book is a natural for the classroom.