The Magic Gourd (Baba Waque' Diakete)

This is a Mali folktale about Brother Rabbit receiving a magical gourd from Chameleon, and the adventures the magic gourd brings to Rabbit and his village. Sprinkled throughout this picture book are gorgeous illustrations, many of various pieces of painted pottery from Mali. I also really loved the inclusion of Bambara (the language of Mali) terms. At the end of the book is a glossary of Bambara terms, songs of praise, and explanations of the bogolanfiniw (or mud cloth) patterns found in the illustrations on platters and tiles.

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