The House with No Door by Brian Swann
African Riddle-Poems

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When is a riddle not a riddle? When it's a riddle-poem! Riddle poems are unique. The succinct poetic images in this delightful and often moving collection have been gathered from various African sources by Brian Swann, a preeminent scholar, poet, and collector of riddles from around the globe. Warm and colorful paintings by renowned author-illustrator Ashley Bryan make this book a treasure. There are twenty-two poetic visions to ponder in this noteworthy collection.
 

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Published September 1, 1998 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Like his earlier Touching the Distance: Native American Riddle-Poems, these original, laconic verses are based on Swann's collection of riddles, but this time they hail from Africa. One of the more su

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At times, the paintings themselves add confusion to the search for possible solutions: (e.g., the riddle about camouflage, ""The spots are leaving./ They are going into hiding,"" shows two nearly identical paintings of a giraffe, deer, leopard and snake, in which the spots are equally visible, no...

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