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The hatseller and the monkeys, a West African folktale retold and illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité

Label
The hatseller and the monkeys
Title
The hatseller and the monkeys
Statement of responsibility
a West African folktale retold and illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
An African version of the familiar story of a man who sets off to sell his hats, only to have them stolen by a treeful of mischievous monkeys
Review
  • K-Gr 3--A West African version of the beloved folktale about a peddler whose hats are stolen by monkeys. The story has been fleshed out a bit with African words and background about the hatseller's life. Hurrying to a festival, BaMusa does not take time to eat breakfast. When he takes a nap beneath a tree, playful monkeys steal his wares. After being showered with mangoes, the man has a snack and figures out how to get his hats back. The moral is: "it is with a full stomach that one thinks best." Diakite illustrates the tale with lively and authentic ceramic tile paintings that are faintly reminiscent of, but not as elegant as, Leo and Diane Dillon's illustrations for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (Dial, 1975),. Each page is bordered with drawings of monkeys in a variety of poses. An author's note gives sources and lists other variants, including the perennial favorite, Esphyr Slobodkina's Caps for Sale (HarperCollins, 1947). Libraries owning other versions of this tale, such as Susanne Suba's The Monkeys and the Pedlar (Viking, 1970; o.p.), will also want to consider The Hatseller. It deserves a place on the African folktale shelves with Barbara Knutson's Sungura and Leopard (Little, Brown, 1993; o.p.) and Angela Shelf Medearis's Too Much Talk (Candlewick, 1995).--Pam Gosner, formerly at Maplewood Memorial Library, NJ (Reviewed February 1999)
  • Publisher's Weekly Review: Fans of Slobodkina's Caps for Sale will relish this fresh twist on a hat vendor's comical skirmish with some clever primates, set in Diakite's (The Hunterman and the Crocodile) native Mali. BaMusa is not only a hatseller, but descends from a long line of hatmakers. After a brief explanation of how he learned to make wide-brimmed dibiri hats and close-fitting fugulan caps, he heads to town to sell them. He stops to nap under a mango tree, where some monkeys relieve him of his hats. The author makes the most of the interplay between the mischievous culprits and BaMusa with phrases children will want to imitate right along with the characters ("Tchat, tchat, tchat!" yells BaMusa; "Hoop, hoop, hoop!" the monkeys reply). Diakite's version imparts a new moral: only after the man eats some of the monkey's mangoes can he think with a clear head--and reclaim his hats. Ceramic-tile paintings on each spread depict the action in fluid, bold brushwork with man and creatures outlined in white against backgrounds of nearly transparent blue sky. Opposite each full-color tile image, a page with brief text set against a white background shows off a spot line drawing. Diakite then frames each page with a ring of monkeys in silhouette tumbling over one another. The handsome design emphasizes the detailed artwork of the tree teeming with life: leaves, mangoes, lizards, dragonflies, bats and butterflies, as well as the scampering monkeys sporting BaMusa's brightly threaded hats. In this retelling, Diakite's use of language is as colorful and unusual as his artwork. Ages 4-7. (Reviewed January 1999)
  • /* Starred Review */ Diakitƒ (The Hunterman and the Crocodile, 1997) retells an African folktale--familiar to many children from Slobodkina's Caps For Sale (1940)--with a combination of charming storyline, cleverly executed theme, inviting illustrations, and unusual sound effects for read-aloud fun. Tiny monkeys border the pages as readers are introduced to hatseller BaMusa. His head piled high with his dibiri and fugulan caps, and too anxious to eat breakfast, BaMusa starts out for a festival to sell his wares. He falls asleep under a mango tree, only to have a mischievous crowd of monkeys swipe his hard work. Hungry, not thinking straight, BaMusa tries to get the caps back but almost despairs. A meal of the mango fruit gives him the strength to trick the monkeys into relinquishing his inventory. The festive, authentic, painted-tile illustrations match the ebullience of the colorful story; preschoolers will love--again--this smart and satisfying tale of monkey-see, monkey-do. (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1998)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
109011
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Diakité, Baba Wagué
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD910L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
Reading level
4.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Folklore
Target audience
primary
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
a West African folktale
Label
The hatseller and the monkeys, a West African folktale retold and illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
338412
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780590960694
Lccn
98016250 /AC
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780590960694
  • (Sirsi) ABS-5788
Label
The hatseller and the monkeys, a West African folktale retold and illustrated by Baba Wagué Diakité
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
338412
Dimensions
26 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780590960694
Lccn
98016250 /AC
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780590960694
  • (Sirsi) ABS-5788

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