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Koi and the Kola Nuts: A Tale from Liberia

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Meet a crocodile, a snake, and an ant who would do "anything" for some kola nuts. Meet a demanding chief who seeks a worthy husband for his beautiful daughter.

Now meet Koi, a worthy young man who just "happens" to have inherited a seemingly useless kola nut tree, and has just set out in search of adventure and romance.

Could Koi's kola nut tree possi
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Atheneum
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Abigail
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Folklore Enthusiasts
When Koi loses out on his share of his father's inheritance, he sets out into the world with only a bag of kola nuts to his name. His generosity towards a snake, some ants, and a crocodile during the course of his journey is rewarded when he comes to the village of Chief Fulikolli, and needs help completing the three tasks required to win his daughter's hand in marriage.

The tale of the hunter/wanderer who spares/helps three animals, and is in turn assisted in three "impossible" tasks
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Abby Hargreaves
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Another work by Verna Aardema, Koi and the Kola Nuts tells the African folktale of Koi, who receives a tree full of kola nuts following the death of his chief father. As Koi, with nothing left for himself in his own village, travels, he encounters various animals who need his kola nuts for one reason or another. These favors come back to help him as he tries to win his life and a wife -- the daughter of a chief he encounters on his journey.

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Amy Goldstein
This book is an excellent choice for storytelling. The language and pace are smooth and quick with illustrations to match. The story is predictable, yet entertaining with a universal theme. Listeners grinned from ear to ear as they heard how Koi cleverly earned fortune and respect.
Alison
Feb 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Koi and the Kola Nuts

Author: Verna Aardema

Illustrator: Joe Cepeda

Genre: Non-European Folktale

Theme(s): Do good to others and they will do good unto you, nobody accomplishes anything without the help of others, and hope is never lost when you have friends to help you out.
Opening line/sentence: “One day in a village in Liberia, the headman, Chief Ogumefu, died.”

Brief Book Summary: Koi, the youngest son of a Chief misses when they are handing
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Michelle Prata
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Sarah
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, kidlit
Traditional literature, folk tale from Liberia.
Koi is the youngest son of the village Chief, but when the chief dies, he gets only a Kola tree instead of animals and ivory like his brothers. He decides to take the nuts from the tree and travel to change his luck. Along the way, he gives away his Kola nuts to help other creatures. No surprise to find that those acts of kindness will help his situation later on.

In Aardema's signature style, this tale includes the sound effects an
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Edward
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought that Koi and the Kola Nuts was very enjoyable. It was frustrating how Koi's share of the dead chief's belongings was smaller than his brothers. He only got a kola tree and his brothers got ivory and cattle. Koi's brothers got tons of sheep, cows and ivory. But Koi used the Kola nuts to get the honor to be the chief of a town nearby. I think the author of this book wrote this book because she wanted to spread African stories throughout the US. I learned a little about African culture, too. ...more
Donna Crane
An archetypal story: a young man leaves on a quest, does three good deeds for animals who proceed to later assist him in accomplishing three impossible tasks. Boy wins wealth and girl. Transport the story to West Africa, add some culturally appropriate details and vivid ilustrations and lots of onomatopoeia, and you have this pleasant read aloud. Aardema's strong vocabulary choices are scaffolded by context and pictures, for example one double page spread of our hero, Koi looking down at a seemi ...more
LeAnne
Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: africa, picture-book
An African folktale in which the son of a chief must make his way in the world with only a sack full of kola nuts and the help of some creatures he has treated with kindness.
I read in Galley proof. Bright, but somewhat comic illustrations.
Magila
This is a very nicely adapted African folk story. Well drawn, well told, and a nice message.
Reepacheep
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
My son summarized this by saying, "What goes around, comes around." That the story, in a kola nutshell. The story is well told and well illustrated.
Teri
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: africa
Good supplement for African rain forest. Good moral about being good to others and they'll be good to you.
Karen
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Love Verna Aardema! This one makes a great read-aloud- the traditional tale is told in an engaging and entertaining way.
Ruth
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Great illustrations and an interesting story.
Finny
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Mommy says: Finny listened and glanced at the pages from time to time, but insisted on playing with his trains during this book.
Ms. Kelly
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Classic "third son denied his inheritance" tale who then of course goes on to make good. cute pictures, good, classic moral. standard fare with a Liberian flare.
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A prolific American children's author and teacher, Verna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen - more commonly known as Verna Aardema - was born in 1911 in New Era, Michigan. She was educated at Michigan State University, and taught grade school from 1934-1973. She also worked as a journalist for the Muskegon Chronicle from 1951-1972. In 1960 she published her first book, the collection of stories, Tales from the Stor ...more