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The Market Bowl

by Jim Averbeck

Published by Charlesbridge, 2013
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢴓80893688

Ages 4-7

Mama C閏ile and her small daughter Yoyo make their living by selling bowls of their delicious homemade bitterleaf stew every day at the local market. When Yoyo is certain she is ready to make the stew on her own, she takes a few shortcuts. Mama C閏ile declares the results only good for the goats. But proud Yoyo is determined to sell her stew, so she takes it along to market. She and Mama C閏ile have asked Brother Coin to bless their market bowl, binding them to accept any fair price they are offered. When Yoyo is offered much less than she hoped for her own bowl of stew, she refuses to sell it, angering Brother Coin. It抯 up to Yoyo to use her wits and her culinary skill梬ithout shortcuts this time梩o appease Brother Coin and regain the blessing for their market bowl. This clever, original story draws on the cultures and customs of Cameroon, and a recipe for bitterleaf stew, Cameroon抯 national dish, is included at the back of the book. Although the story is timeless, details in the illustrations place it in a contemporary Cameroonian village.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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