Oh Kojo! How Could You!
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Oh Kojo! How Could You!

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Retelling of a humorous Ashanti folktale relating how a young man named Kojo finally gets the better of the tricky Anansi.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 30th 1988 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1984)
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A woman wishes for a son and is granted her wish; the water spirit tells her that her son will give her problems and will be lazy and be tricked by Anansi but will be a blessing to her in the end. And he is.
Rebecca Quiroz
A great African take turned into story. Oh lojo his mom is definitely taken for the worse in this story. He is cursed!
I read this book outloud to the kids I volunteer with. The story itself was ok, but the kids didn't seem that interested. Also, I feel like books that use words from another language should include a pronunciation key in the back, I was struggling with some of the words! (If I were able to look over the book in advance, I guess this wouldn't have been a problem. However, because of how the organization I volunteer with works, I'm never able to really look over the book before I get there on Frid...more
Carol Royce Owen
An Ashanti tale that starts out like an African version of Jack in the Beanstalk with a lazy boy who is tricked out of his money by Ananse, but all ends well when one of his trades ends in the boy getting a golden magical ring which he uses to help his village and himself. Then when Ananse steals the ring back the cat and dog, received in earlier trades go to retrieve the ring, and then the message turns to why cats are treated better than dogs.
Traditional literature, trickster tale, West Africa
The story has three sections: Ananse's tricks on Kojo, Kojo's attempt to outwit him to win the Golden ring, and cat and dog's journey to rescue the ring from a girl who tricks Kojo. This is not the first of the African tales I've read that starts one way and ends up resolving an entirely different conflict.
Marc Brown's pastel watercolors are fun and expressive, a clear highlight of the story.
Devin L.
This book is an Ananse tale that tells why cats are treated better than dogs in Ashantiland. Good for readers in grades 3-5.
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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...more
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