Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Fortune-Tellers

Author: Lloyd Alexander

First line: A young carpenter was unhappy in his trade.

Why you should read this book: When a Newbery-winning writer (Alexander) teams up with a Caldecott-winning illustrator (Trina Schart Hyman), you know it’s going to be good, and it is. This fanciful original story, in the style of a traditional African folktale, celebrates the power of positive thinking, as vague predictions and silly coincidences inspire the unhappy carpenter to create a new life for himself, while the luscious drawings pay homage to the landscape and people of Cameroon. Sharp children will enjoy dissecting the fortune-teller’s trickery and may even grasp the concept of self-fulfilling prophecy to their own advantage.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: A fortune-teller owes you a lot of back rent.

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