Big Boy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 27 pages
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Little Oli wants to be big enough to go bird hunting with his older brother, Mbachu, and to his amazement and eventual dismay, his wish to become as big as a mountain and as strong as the wind comes true. "This is a lovely title that speaks to the African experience in an authentic voice. A book that belongs in every collection."-- School Library Journal

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User Review  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

I wasn't familiar with this folk tale but it closely resembles one of the stories in the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids movies. Obviously this story predates that series by a long shot, but the plot is very much the same. Read full review

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User Review  - amoore1 - LibraryThing

Oli is a young African boy who does not want to be seen as little anymore. He sneaks out of the house and comes across a magical bird that he has heard about in his momma's stories. The magical bird ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

E.B. Lewis's watercolor paintings appear in BIG BOY and many other picture books. The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration, he lives in Folsom, New Jersey. Tololwa M. Mollel, an Arusha Maasai from Tanzania, grew up on his grandfather's coffee farm, an hour's drive from Mount Kilimanjaro. After receiving his B.A. in Literature and Theatre at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Mr. Mollel went to Canada in 1966 to complete his master's degree at the University of Alberta. In the late 1970s he returned to Tanzania where he was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Theatre Department at the University of Dar es Salaam. At that time he was also co-director of a children's theatre and arts group. Mr. Mollel has written many books for Clarion. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota..

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