The New King by Doreen Rappaport

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When young Prince Rakoto is told of his father's death, he cannot accept it. The new king gives his first orders to his royal advisors: "Bring my father back to life!" When they are unable to do so, Rakoto then goes to the Wise Woman--who tells him an enthralling Malagasy tale that helps him begin to accept what has happened. Watercolor illustrations.
 

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Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking ap Doreen Rappaport is well known for her groundbreaking approach to multicultural history and literature for young reaproach to multicultural history and literature for young readers. Her many books include "Victory or Death: Stories of tders. Her many books include "Victory or Death: Stories of the American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of Ahe American Revolution; We Are The Many: A Picture Book of American Indians;" and "Martin's Big Words", winner of the Jamerican Indians;" and "Martin's Big Words", winner of the Jane Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time ne Addams Book Award. She and her husband divide their time between New York City and a rural village in upstate New Yorbetween New York City and a rural village in upstate New York. k. E.B. Lewis's watercolor paintings appear in BIG BOY and many other picture books. The recipient of a Coretta Scott King Honor for Illustration, he lives in Folsom, New Jersey.
 
Published May 1, 1995 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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A thoughtful folktale from Madagascar and spare, painterly watercolors affectingly cohere in this compassionate book about a boy's encounter with death. When his father the king is killed on a hunt, t

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When they are unable to help, the vexed child consults the Wise Woman, who teaches him about death and immortality with a parable about ``the first human couple,'' who were given a choice between renewal (``dying like the moon'') or enabling a new generation (``dying like the banana tree'').

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