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What's So Funny, Ketu?: A Nuer Tale

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published June 26th 1992 by Puffin Books
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Sarah
Traditional literature, African folk tale of the Nuer people.
Ketu is blessed by a snake with the dubious gift of being able to hear what animals say. Once he starts to hear them, he laughs so hard it disrupts his family life (baby wakes up, wife gets irritated....) I loved the line drawn illustrations by Marc Brown and the design of this book, but the story didn't add up to much for me. Usually a tale like this has a clear lesson - what am I missing?
Ronyell
Apr 10, 2010 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves African Folktales
"What's So Funny, Ketu?" is another classic book from Verna Aardema and is surprisingly illustrated by Marc Brown, creator of the famous "Arthur Adventure" series.

This book is about how a young man named Ketu rescues a snake from his dog and the snake rewards Ketu with the gift of hearing animals think. But, he can't tell anyone about this gift or else he will die! Unfortunately, Ketu has a hard time with keeping the secret because he would laugh whenever he hears an animal's thoughts and that c
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Verna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen (6 June 1911 – 11 May 2000), best known by the name Verna Aardema, was an American author of children's books.

Born in New Era, Michigan she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. of Journalism in 1934. She worked as a grade school teacher from 1934 to 1973 and became a correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle in 1951, which lasted until 1972, the year
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