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Halloween Town by Lucius Shepard
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Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo
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The Last Ember by Daniel Levin
The Magic Gourd by Baba Wagué Diakité
Monster Motel by Douglas Florian
Mr. Darcy Vampyre by Amanda Grange
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Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
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Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) by Mary Pope Osborne
Treehorn's Wish by Florence Parry Heide

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3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for The Magic Gourd

The Magic Gourd: 09/01/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Magic Gourd by Baba Wagué Diakité was a recent library book find. I can't remember if it was my son or my daughter who checked it out. I read it to both of them.

The book retells a fable from Mali. Rabbit helps Chameleon out of a tight spot. As payment for his help, Chameleon gives Rabbit a magic gourd that will always provide him with a good meal. A greedy king (there's always a greedy king) hears about this magical gourd and decides he has to have it. Rabbit and Chameleon have to trick the king to teach him about sharing.

The kids and I liked the illustrations. Each piece of the story is told in the bottom of the bowl shaped gourd. The pictures are interesting and worth enjoying.

What my kids had trouble though was the pacing of the story. It's a little long winded for such a short story. Although the kids stuck around to see the pictures the story didn't hold their attention.

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