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The Magic Gourd

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Coretta Scott King Honor author/artist tells a tale from Mali about a magic gourd that can fill itself with whatever its owner desires. And hidden within is a powerful lesson about generosity.

Draught and famine have come to the parched forest. And when a hungry Rabbit rescues Brother Chameleon from a thorny bush, Chameleon repays him tenfold with a magical gourd that alway
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Scholastic Press
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Sarah Nottingham
The Magic Gourd is about a Rabbit that becomes rewarded for his acts of kindness by a Chameleon. Due to sharing his new found wealth with family and friends, the king becomes jealous and greedy. The king steals the gourd but in the end friendship, with and kindness saves the day.
I thought that this was a good tale, which had a culturally diverse vocabulary and accurate illustrations. The story was easy to follow and interesting as well. The story has common themes that are ingrained throughout o
The Magic Gourd is an engaging and beautifully illustrated title that can be used to introduce students to the elements of folktales. Furthermore, it exposes children to the oral tradition of another culture, as retold by the Malian author Baba Wague Diakite. As is typical of folktales this title teaches a lesson or a moral that students could be taught to infer. Many of the characters in the story are animals with human characteristics. Moreover, there is a struggle between good and evil—a stru ...more
Chameleon gives Rabbit a magic gourd in payment for his kindness. The gourd fills with anything that its owner commands. The king steals the gourd from Rabbit. Chameleon gives Rabbit a magic rock to recapture the gourd. The king must beg Rabbit for help to stop the rock. Rabbit demands his gourd in repayment, but leaves the king's food and gold. The king begins to learn about kindness. Rabbit and Chameleon know that friendship is the true measure of wealth.

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Sarah Sammis
The Magic Gourd by Baba Wagué Diakité was a recent library book find. I can't remember if it was my son or my daughter who checked it out. I read it to both of them.

The book retells a fable from Mali. Rabbit helps Chameleon out of a tight spot. As payment for his help, Chameleon gives Rabbit a magic gourd that will always provide him with a good meal. A greedy king (there's always a greedy king) hears about this magical gourd and decides he has to have it. Rabbit and Chameleon have to trick the
Lyndsey Hurm
This is a great folk tale from Mali about a rabbit who saves a chameleon and then receives a magic gourd that grants him wishes. The illustrations in this book are amazing and so bright. This is a great book to teach about African culture. I would also use this to teach students about kindness and generosity. A good writing activity that could follow up this book would be for children to write about what they would wish for if they had a magic gourd and why. I would cut out a paper gourd with li ...more
Alyssa Overstreet
Good background info in the back
Funny story and lovely illustrations.
Erin Sterling
In this story from Mali, when Rabbit saves Chameleon, he is rewarded with a magic gourd that refills itself with whatever Rabbit desires. But soon a greedy king steals Rabbit’s gift to make gold for himself. Rabbit recovers the magic gourd and teaches the greedy king a lesson.

**I really like stories with animals and where someone learns a lesson. This story is perfect for that! I would probably use this for elementary and middle school audience about greed and wealth and the value of friendship
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This story about the friends Rabbit and Chameleon and the greedy king reminded me of another folktale I've read about 3 magic items given to a man, who has them stolen from him one by one by a greedy innkeeper. I enjoyed the illustrations and the author's notes at the back of the book on the symbolism in them and on life in Mali.
A great folk story from Africa about a magic gourd that will fill with whatever the owner asks for. Other versions of this tale appear in various cultures. This holds true to African traditions and artwork illustrates traditional mud cloth patterns.
Kevin Evans
This is another book like Please, Malese. Stealing something becuase you need it does not make it ok. When the king steals the magic gourd the rabbit still leaves enough for the king when he gets it back. This shows the importance of friendship and kindness.
Kris Odahowski
Every time I share this book with students I remember the wonderful author who created a folktale treasure. The source material in the back of the book provides excellent resource material for extending the story.
I really like this little tale of friendship. It is simple, but has a number of values that easily relate to the Nguzo Saba (7 principles) of Kwanzaa.
Skylar Burris
African (Mali) folktale. Moral: Don't be a jerk. (A very popular moral in children's stories.) Illustrations: funky and interesting. Narration: Decent.
Mrs Bond
Includes song lyrics and explanation, explanation of mud cloth patters, author's note, glossary, and related stories.

It was pretty good. The chameleon can talk.
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