Wood-Hoopoe Willie

Virginia Kroll, Author, Katherine Roundtree, Illustrator Charlesbridge Publishing $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-88106-409-4
Willie, a spirited African American child, can't seem to keep his feet or hands still: ``If his toes weren't tapping, his knuckles were rapping.'' The boy's incessant, impromptu music-making makes his Grandpa recall the dundun drums , ecasas and balas that he saw on a trip to Africa. Willie longs to play these handmade instruments of his ancestors, and finally gets his chance during the Kwanzaa festival at the African-American Center. The boy fills in for a missing drummer, thus freeing the wood-hoopoe--an African bird whose tree-pecking and cackling creates rhythmic music--that Grandpa insists has been trapped within him. Kroll's ( Masai and I ) melodic tale conveys the warmth among Willie's loving family as well as the musical legacy of several African peoples. Past and present fuse gracefully in Roundtree's boldly hued art--though the characters' faces are somewhat rudimentarily executed, the artist's depiction of the traditional instruments and dress of Africa is particularly striking. Ages 3-8. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 02/01/1993
Release date: 02/01/1993
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Other - 978-0-7857-9964-1
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Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-88106-410-0
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-88106-408-7
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