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Vacation in the Village: A Story from West Africa

by Pierre Yves Njeng

Published by U.S. edition: Boyds Mills Press, 1999
24 pages
ISBN: 1563977680

Ages 6-9

Originally published in Cameroon by an organization of writers and artists who strive to given African children stories of lives that will seem familiar to them, this picture story features a city boy named Nwemb who spends his summer vacation in the small village where his grandparents. At first Nwemb is worried that there won't be anything to do there, but soon he makes friends with a cousin named Masso, who shows him the ways village kids spend their leisure time: fishing, playing games, climbing trees, and listening to the stories Grandfather tells about their ancestors. An unuusal glimpse into the life of a contemporary West African child is illustrated with brightly colored illustrations rendered in a naive style. CCBC categories: Contemporary People, Places and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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