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A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton

A Good Trade

by Alma Fullerton, Karen Patkau (Illustrator)

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This is a beautifully and carefully told story with noteworthy illustrations. They take the reader to a small yet modern Ugandan village. This book matter-of-factly shows the life of a child in a developing country without being overly obvious or heavy-handed. My only critic was that the final illustration made me double check whether or not Kato was an amputee... the placement of the feet on the page (and the types of shoes that are worn) drew me to the amputee's feet before Kato's (which was confusing). ( )
  mariekagreene | Jan 26, 2014 |
Simple, subtle, and beautifully crafted. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0986949590, Library Binding)

In a small Ugandan village, Kato wakes early to start the long barefoot trek beyond his village and along fields dotted with cattle and guarded by soldiers. As it is every day, his destination is the village well, where he will pump a day's supply of water into two jerry cans before trudging home again. But this is no ordinary day. The aid worker's truck arrives at the village square, and in the back is a gift so special, the little boy rushes home to look for something to repay the aid worker.

Alma Fullerton's spare, lilting prose tells a deceptively simple story of one day in a little boy's life. But in a place ravaged by a generation of civil war and drought, a village well brings life, a gift of shoes is a cause for celebration, and a simple flower becomes an eloquent symbol of peace and gratitude.

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Early morning in Uganda, a small boy struggles with jerry cans filled with the day's supply of water. At the village square he spies an aid truck filled with something amazing, what can such a small barefoot boy do to earn the treasure inside that truck?… (more)

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