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|A dazzling and delightful classic in the making from one of the worldrs"s most admired and mesmerizing storytellers. When Chike, an eleven-year-old Nigerian boy, leaves the small village of Umuofi a to live with his uncle in the city of Onitsha, he is exposed to a range of new experiences-from bicycle riding to fortune telling, car washing to letter writing. As he becomes settled in his new home and school, Chike finds himself continually fascinated by the River Niger, and tries desperately to raise enough money to purchase a ticket aboard the ferry that crosses the river to the city of Asaba. Once he fi nally makes it across, Chike realizes that life on the other side of the river is far different from what he expected, and he must find the courage and resilience within him to make it home. A poignant tale of boundaries and adventure, courage and growth,Chike and the Riveris a warm and lovely fable for readers of all ages. From the Trade Paperback edition.|
The more Chike saw the ferry-boats the more he wanted to make the trip to Asaba. But where would he get the money? He did not know. Still, he hoped. Eleven-year-old Chike longs to cross the Niger River to the city of Asaba, but he doesn't have the sixpence he needs to pay for the ferry ride. With the help of his friend S.M.O.G., he embarks on a series of adventures to help him get there. Along the way, he is exposed to a range of new experiences that are both thrilling and terrifying, from eating his first skewer of suya under the shade of a mango tree, to visiting the village magician who promises to double the money in his pocket. Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make it home. Chike and the River is a magical tale of boundaries, bravery, and growth, by Chinua Achebe, one of the world's most beloved and admired storytellers.
|Number Of Pages||96 pages|
|Publisher||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|LC Classification Number||PZ7.A174Ch 2011|
|Illustrated by||Edel Rodriguez|
|"African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe." -Toni Morrison "This light work by the boundlessly talented Achebe follows Chike, an 11-year-old boy whose adventures comprise neat little life lessons . . . . Rodriguez's charming illustrations add texture to a classic children's story." Publishers Weekly|