Traces the daily activities of a West African boy during two weeks when three important events change the course of his life.
- Hardback | 48 pages
- 210.82 x 292.1 x 12.7mm | 498.95g
- 23 Jan 1973
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
- New York, United Kingdom
Bright full-color photographs are the animating factor here. Kofi, whose West African village is unfortunately not geographically identified, hopes to win a scholarship to a city secondary school and strives to overcome his fear of heights so that he can pass his clan's initiation test (climbing a coconut palm); succeeding in both, he is unexpectedly chosen as the chiefs successor. More important than Kofi's triumphs, however, are the emphatically depicted incidentals - the cocoa harvest, Kofi learning to play the drums, and his pet monkey playing with a mirror. They add up to a slick but nonetheless striking piece of photo-journalism. (Kirkus Reviews)