Chike and the River has ratings and 75 reviews. Orient said: Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains:D Miracle. Chike and the River is a sixty-page chapter book intended for middle readers with illustrations by Prue Theobalds. Chike, a Nigerian boy. “In Chike and the River, young readers get an intimate look at African life, learn about the Niger River, and connect with Chike as if he is their.

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The illustrated edition, from Anchor Books, is quite lovely, and worth tracking down. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. Achebe died at age 82 following a brief illness.

Aug 09, 64 Pages years Buy. Chike and his friends make you remember childhood as a time of dreams, friends and all the good and bad that come with them, warnings from adults and brave acts of discovery each day. Rather than getting that visceral sense of such a distant place from where I am right nowit felt a bit trivial, with some foreign vocab thrown in for show. He settles into this new life and quickly makes friends at the school.

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And though I riber the moral tale is a huge part of African lit, at least they usually have some fun with animals that speak and fuck and kill and huma Though it has obvious references to Things Fall Apart rivet isn’t really a worthy successor.

It is a charming tale about finding your way in a totally new environment and tue some important life lessons about loyalty, honesty, courage and the strength and limits of dreams.


Light, quick, but not necessarily essential reading. For my comprehensive review, go to www. I enjoyed some of the short stories in this book, but at times it felt very scattered and slow. Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make rivef home. I am quite surprised that I found this book in the 8th grade section of my school’s library.

With symbolism to hcike and some funny and exciting adventure to kids. I do like the looks into Chike’s daily life and the culture he grew up in; Chike ended up being a very likeable protagonist. The language is simplistic, to the extent that the booklet would do well as a children’s book.

Nicola Yoon 2-Book Bundle: But where would he get the money? It’s a simple story, told in the style of boys’ escapades and heroic entanglements with comic-book hoods. It was just okay. Would probably not read again, though.

Chike and the River

Chuke Inevitable Victorian Thing. His chime relied heavily on the Igbo oral tradition, and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs, and oratory. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. The war ravaged the populace, and as starvation and violence took its toll, he appealed to the people of Europe and the Americas for aid. Return to Book Page. But I’ll get back to my monsters, I promise: Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful.


Sep 06, Vi rated it liked it. Chike needs a shilling to get across the Niger river and back. Chike leaves his mother and his village of Umuofia to settle with his uncle in Onitsha where he would school.

Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make it home. Chike is a young boy from the small village of Umuofia in West Africa.

And if you want to celebrate Achebe’s recent passing read No Longer at Ease. I read this book, and had it autographed, as a child. I’m not sure if it would really appeal to kids I know, even if I read it aloud; the English is so simple, I would have to inflect quite a bit.

Kept me fairly entertained while I was trapped inside the library waiting for the rain to stop.

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The Dark Days Deceit. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Jan 04, Ron Charles rated it liked it. Certain children’s stories are just lovely to read, and this is one of them. View all 11 comments.