for Kofi and His Magic by Maya Angelou and Margaret Courtney-Clarke
A dazzling photoessay combines an energizing, poetic text with crisp, colorful photographs and an engaging, playful design. Seven-year-old Kofi lives in Bonwire, the West African village known for its beautiful Kente cloth. Kofi likes to weave, and he likes to travel. "I sit down, Close my eyes, Open my mind," Kofi explains, and he is transported to other places in Africa that he has always wanted to see. Kofi's magic is his vivid imagination, but his journey comes alive for readers through words and images depicting both his own life and each place he visits with a joyous sense of appreciation and discovery. Honor Book, 1996 CCBC Coretta Scott King Award Discussion: Author (Ages 6-8)
CCBC Choices 1996. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996. Used with permission.
This beloved picture book from Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award nominee Maya Angelou is now back in print in a paperback edition. Meet Kofi, a seven-year-old West African boy who learns how to weave by wiggling strings tied to his toes. This is how he and his friends create the beautifully colored Kente cloth for which his town, Bonwire, is famous throughout the world. Maya Angelous's lively, lyrical story tells of an engaging young boy whose imagination and streak of adventure are as wide as the ocean, and Margaret Courtney-Clarke's vivid photographs capture daily life within and outside th community. Together, Angelou and Courtney-Clarke weave their story and photographs as deftly as Kofi and his friends do their beautiful Kente cloth.
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