A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton

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In a small Ugandan village, Kato wakes early to start the long barefoot trek beyond his village and along fields dotted with cattle and guarded by soldiers. As it is every day, his destination is the village well, where he will pump a day's supply of water into two jerry cans before trudging home again. But this is no ordinary day. The aid worker's truck arrives at the village square, and in the back is a gift so special, the little boy rushes home to look for something to repay the aid worker.

Alma Fullerton's spare, lilting prose tells a deceptively simple story of one day in a little boy's life. But in a place ravaged by a generation of civil war and drought, a village well brings life, a gift of shoes is a cause for celebration, and a simple flower becomes an eloquent symbol of peace and gratitude.

About Alma Fullerton

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Alma Fullerton's free-verse novels for juvenile and young adult readers have earned her multiple nominations and awards. Author, illustrator, designer and visual artist, Karen Patkau has illustrated more than a dozen picture books for children with her distinctive art. She received the Ezra Jack Keats Memorial Medal for
Published March 15, 2013 by Pajama Press. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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On his trek to get water for the day, a Ugandan boy sees a treasure in an aid truck, and he finds just the right gift to trade for it.

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Patkau (One Watermelon Seed) offers simple yet soulful digital collages that gracefully supplement Fullerton’s (Libertad) understated storytelling in this book set in a Ugandan village. Nature plays a

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