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I lost my tooth in Africa / by Penda Diakité ; illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité.

Diakité, Penda, (author.). Diakité, Baba Wagué, (illustrator.).

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Record details

  • ISBN: 0439662265
  • ISBN: 9780439662260
  • Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2006.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
While visiting her father's family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth, places it under a calabash, and receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.
Target Audience Note:
620L Lexile
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader LG 3.0 0.5 104869
Awards Note:
A Junior Library Guild selection.
Subject: Family life > Mali > Fiction.
Chickens > Fiction.
Teeth > Fiction.
Families > Mali > Juvenile fiction.
Chickens > Juvenile fiction.
Teeth > Juvenile fiction.
Mali > Fiction.
Africa > Fiction.
Mali > Juvenile fiction.
Africa > Juvenile fiction.

Syndetic Solutions - Publishers Weekly Review for ISBN Number 0439662265
I Lost My Tooth in Africa
I Lost My Tooth in Africa
by Diakité, Penda; Diakité, Baba Wagué (Illustrator)
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I Lost My Tooth in Africa

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The creator of The Magic Gourd teams up with his teenage daughter for this story, based on the time the author's younger sister, Amina, actually did lose a tooth in Mali, while visiting their father's family. "My dad says if you lose a tooth in Africa and put it under a gourd, you will get a chicken from the African Tooth Fairy!... So I try tricks with my tongue to help it come out faster," writes Diakit?, narrating as her sister, Amina. As the heroine waits for the tooth to come out, she also describes a fascinating daily rhythm within her paternal grandmother's African home, depicted as a walled compound. "Aunt Kadja has made my favorite dinner. It's rice and onion sauce with African eggplant and tiny noodles. We all eat together around one big bowl. Everyone eats with their right hand." After dinner, neighbors come by to play games and tell stories. With often whimsical touches, Baba Wagu? Diakit? illustrates a vibrant life among banana palms, birds and brightly dressed relatives and friends. Patterned borders surround each illustration, created on a ceramic tile (e.g., feathers and eggs decorate the scene of Amina's new hen laying eggs; even loose teeth come into play). Young readers may well be intrigued by how universal a milestone it is to lose a tooth, while learning the unique lifestyle of this warm and welcoming West African family. Ages 4-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Syndetic Solutions - School Library Journal Review for ISBN Number 0439662265
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K-Gr 4-This story recounts a child's visit to Mali, where she loses her tooth. After she hides it under a calabash, she waits for the African Tooth Fairy to replace it with a chicken. When her patience runs out and she returns to the gourd to retrieve her tooth, a chicken and a rooster emerge. She is delighted. The strength and enduring warmth of her African extended family emerge fully through thoughtful detail. Grandma N'na gives her a blessing each morning: "May you rise high with strength and knowledge." When the child returns home to Oregon, Uncle Madou volunteers to take care of the chickens until her return. The vivid ceramic-tile illustrations expand the text, revealing a range of animals, houses, and greenery. At the end are the words to Grandma's "Good Night Song," the recipe for African Onion Sauce, and a glossary of Bambara words, all of which add to the authentic feel of the story. In his illustrator's note, Baba Diakit? states, "Storytelling is a gift to me from my elders and I simply wanted to pass this gift along to my children." He has succeeded, as his artistry supports his daughter's storytelling beautifully.-Alexa L. Sandman, Kent State University, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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