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Two Ways to Count to Ten: A Liberian Folktale [Library Binding]

Ruby Dee , Susan Meddaugh


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July 1 2001
Long ago, when all the animals lived together in peace, the mighty leopard was king of the jungle, and all the animals respected their king. But it came time to name a successor and all the animals vied for the position. Children will laugh as the mightiest of beasts fail the test. Full color.

Product Details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt (July 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805004076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805004076
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 20.1 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,931,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The noted actress retells this lively, well-paced and involving version of a Liberian folktale. The Leopard, who is king of all the animals, realizes that it is time both to designate a successor and award his daughter's hand in marriage, and so he devises a test: "He who would be our prince must . . . throw the spear toward the sky. He must send it so high that he can count to ten before it comes down again." The animals clamor to test their skills. The elephant, the bush ox, the chimpanzee, the lion all in turn declare: "I will be king. I can do this thing!" And all, in turn, fail. Then the slender antelope presents himself and declares "I can do this thing!" And "Two! Four! Six! Eight! Ten!" the clever antelope wins the testthe king did not say how the count was to be made. Meddaugh's color-pencil and watercolor paintings suit the text well; they lend extra dimension to the animals' characterizations as the story unfolds. Readers and listeners of all ages will find this an irresistibly satisfying tale. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2 A retelling of a story available in Carpenter's African Wonder Tales (Doubleday, 1963; o.p.) and other collections. Leopard, the king, decides to choose his successor with a test; any comer who can cast a spear into the air for a count of ten will marry his daughter and become the next ruler. Elephant, Ox, Chimp, Lion, and the rest try and fail (Lion comes closesthe gets to ``nine''), but little Antelope tosses the spear up and calls out ``Two! Four! Six! Eight! Ten!'' King Leopard laughs, then acknowledges that it's ``sometimes the cleverest that wins the prize.'' A familiar cavalcade of African animals cavort and smile anthropomorphically through Meddaugh's clear, orderly illustrations; the antelope is dainty and ingenuous, the king more a comfortable fat cat than a regal presence. Next to an Aardema story, the text is flavorless, (``I can do this thing'' is a repeated refrain), but readers will enjoy the brains-over-brawn theme, however contrived the set-up may be. John Peters, New York Public Library
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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