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Synopsis

Tired of working with wood, a carpenter asks a fortune-teller to read his future. Much to the carpenter's delight, the fortune-teller predicts a sunny life ahead, When the carpenter returns to ask for details, the fortune-teller has disappeared--and the carpenter discovers he has a talent for an exotic new occupation. Vibrant illustrations evoke the magic of Africa in this clever folktale.
 

About the Author

Lloyd Alexander has been writing professionally for ten years and his books have garnered numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor for "The Black Cauldron" and the Newbery Medal for "The High King," Lloyd Alexander lives with his wife in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. The late Trina Schart Hyman illustrated dozens of books and became one of the most respected artists in the field of children's literature. She was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1985 for St. George and the Dragon
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Trumpet Club. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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When the poor, hard-working young carpenter seeks comfort from a fortuneteller, the old man hoodwinks him with double talk: "Rich you will surely be...[if] you earn large sums of money."

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Most surprising to the craftsman, he ends up in the right place at the right time and the prediction comes true.

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""Alexander's chipper text has a jaunty and infectious `just so' tone,"" said PW in a starred review of this original folktale about a crooked fortune teller who predicts wealth and happiness for a carpenter.

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