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Oyibo, Papa ; ill. by John Clementson.
New York : Barefoot Books, 2000.
IL K-3  RL 3.7
ISBN 1841481173
The author of this book has spent much of his life traveling around and experiencing different cultures.  At one point, he spent time with a Yoruba tribe in Africa.  The Yoruba have a strong tradition of story telling.  The author was accepted as a storyteller and named Papa Oyibo -- "the elder who is a white man."  This is one of the stories he told to the tribe.

This story may be familiar to some of you.  It is the story of a great elephant who lived in Africa.  She is a very happy elephant and lives with her mother, sisters and aunts.  One day as the family was eating at the edge of the forest, she decided to go into the forest to eat flowers -- for that's what elephants do.  She became hopelessly lost and afraid.  As she ran through the forest, she stepped on a thorn and felt great pain.  She could no longer walk.  How can she survive the night if she can't walk?  How will she ever find her family again?  Only a new friend can help now.  To find out about the new friend, read BIG BROTHER, LITTLE SISTER by Papa Oyibo.

SUBJECTS:     Individual differences -- Fiction.
                        African elephant -- Fiction.


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