Head, Body, Legs by Won-Ldy Paye
A Story from Liberia

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A magical retelling of a creation story from Liberia.

"Long ago, Head was all by himself.
He had no legs, no arms, no body.
He rolled everywhere."

Head is all alone. Body bounces along, Arms swing about, and Legs stand around. They can't do much by themselves, so they try to join together. But how? Should Head attach to the belly button? Should Legs stand on Arms? If only they can work together, everything will be perfect.

This vibrant, joyous retelling of a traditional Liberian creation story shows how much can be accomplished with a little cooperation.

About Won-Ldy Paye

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Won-Ldy Paye was trained as a storyteller by his grandmother. He is from the Dan people of northeastern Liberia, and now lives in Seattle, Washington.Margaret H. Lippert has taught in the United States, as well as in Guatemala and Tanzania, where she learned many stories. She lives on Mercer Island, Washington.Julie Paschkis was inspired by the Asafo flags of the Fante people from coastal Ghana while illustrating this book. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published May 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bordered in a distinctive lilac and orange pattern of oblong blocks and zig-zags, Paschkis's (Happy Adoption Day) gouache illustration shows "Head," a bold, ebony, free-floating shape resembling an African mask, against a deep blue background.

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