Nobiah's Well by Donna Guthrie
A Modern African Folktale

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Guthrie's tale depicts a young boy whose compassion helps him surpass his limits and expand his world. A Parents Prize Book. A Children's Book-of- the-Month Club Selection.

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Published September 1, 1993 by Ideals Childrens Books. 1 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Nature & Wildlife.

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In a pleasantly folkloric cadence, Guthrie tells how Nobiah, when his mother is ill, carries their jar to a distant well but--after sharing with three thirsty animals--brings back so little that his mother, in despair, shatters the jar that's essential to their survival.

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A thinly veiled and ultimately facile vehicle for the author's well-intentioned social agenda, the story is both obvious and unsatisfying, leaving unanswered such questions as why the villagers have settled in such an inhospitable spot and why, if a well can be as easily dug as events suggest, th...

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