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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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Ronyell
Mar 31, 2015 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves African Folktales
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Now, everyone knows about Marc Brown’s famous “Arthur” series and how it managed to remain well-loved by children for many years, right? Well, did you know that Marc Brown had illustrated an underrated children's book called “What’s So Funny, Ketu?” which was also written by Verna Aardema and was based off an old Nuer folktale? I must admit that it took me awhile to get back around to this story since it was so unknown to the general children’s book community and I c
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Sarah
Feb 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
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?
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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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