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The Ghanaian Goldilocks [Kindle Edition]

Tamara Pizzoli , Phil Howell
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Set in Accra, Ghana, The Ghanaian Goldilocks is a modern twist on the classic Goldilocks fairytale. Like traditional kente cloth, West African culture and themes are woven seamlessly into the story of a boy with sun lightened hair named Kofi, better known to his friends and family as Goldilocks. Like the Goldilocks in the traditional tale, Kofi has been known to get into some trouble here and there, but it's an unexpected visit to a neighbor's house that teaches him a valuable lesson of a lifetime.

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About the Author

Dr. Tamara Pizzoli is a native of Killeen, Texas who now splits her time between Italy, America & her imagination. She is the mom of two of the most fantastic people on Earth, Noah and Milo, and writes stories often and from the heart. The Ghanaian Goldilocks is her first published book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7084 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Publisher: The English Schoolhouse (June 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LOCI230
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Tamara Pizzoli does a wonderful job of telling a story about a curious little boy who learns a lesson in responsibility and honor.
So many times children will take the easy way out of a difficult situation. However, in this case, the story line takes a different approach showing that children do have morals and values. An important lesson is learned for not only children, but adults. It takes a village to make any child feel forgiveness and love, no matter what he/she has done. The illustrations, by Phil Howell, are absolutely beautiful. Colors are woven throughout The Ghanaian Goldilocks making the pages come alive with the story line. This book is a must read!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Vivid and Fresh Spin on an Old Classic August 5, 2014
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From the first page to the last, the Ghanaian Goldilocks mesmerized me and kept me smiling. With it's lovely language and beautiful imagery, the book is a great read for kids of all ages (I don't have kids and loved it). The author has a way with words that draws you in and makes you feel like you are eating the fufu and trying on the clothes. The illustrations are spot on, so vivid and beautiful. As someone who's spent time in Ghana, the geographical and culture references are spot on and take me back to one of the best vacations of my life. Thanks so much for turning this beautiful and creative idea into reality. I know children (and parents) around the world will really enjoy. Perhaps there will be a series of Kofi's adventures a la Curious George style (hint hint no pressure). Great job and looking forward to reading more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cultural Education Done Right July 23, 2014
What an incredibly clever way to infuse Ghanaian culture into a classic story. Using such a familiar tale to explore unfamiliar themes and objects( ie. playing Pombo) from the Ghanaian lifestyles helps children easily learn about other cultures such as Ghana. I love the thoughtful twist an added lesson about making the decisions and the right choices as well as really educating children about using other peoples things without asking which I feel is lacking in the original tale. I have never been to Ghana but to me the illustrations seem to capture it's essence so beautifully that I want to go! I was anxious to see each and every page! What a beautiful heartfelt story with lots of education on manors and culture infused!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Pizzoli has written a beautiful, updated version of the well known Goldilocks story. Every reader, young or mature, will be drawn in and be able to relate to the characters. I love the alphabet book, F is for Fufu as a companion book! Well done, Dr. Pizzoli! Both of these books will be gifts for my grandchildren!
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By leticia
Format:Kindle Edition
I have found the perfect gift to add to the library of the children in my life. Dr. Pizzoli has written a delightful twist on the traditional story of Goldilocks and The Three Bears and provided an introduction to Ghanaian traditions. The story is complemented beautifully by the illustrations from Phil Howell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Add the Ghanaian Goldilocks to your Library! July 2, 2014
By Cherish
The Ghanaian Goldilocks is an intriguing tale with vivid illustrations. All three of my daughters, with varied interests and reading levels, loved this common tale with a new twist. This is an enjoyable read aloud for families and students!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghanaian Goldilocks is Golden! May 4, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
Fairy tales are European versions of African folk tales, so I personally do not consider this featured book as a retelling of the classic tale, Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears, though you will obviously spot the comparisons right away. So since folktales are the parents of fairy tales, The Ghanaian Goldilocks story is a return to the origins of African stories lost in transition and translation due to our enslavement. With that said, author Dr. Tamara Pizzoli has masterfully taken a classic African story and created an up-dated version that upholds the integrity of African culture and traditions. Additionally, The Ghanaian Goldilocks is a story that uses the universal concept of the trinity to teach children the principles of family, community and respect. The illustrated pages are dynamic and vibrant colored squares of quilt that complement the freshness of the story's folk-telling plot. In the true spirit of Sankofa, this story connects our past with our present and produces a work that beautifully makes something new from something old!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super book July 2, 2014
By frenchy
Awesome story! easy to read! Love the African references! Bright colors A+++ Way to go Dr Tamara
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ghanaian Goldilocks.
This was an okay book for kids.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra L. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for your child today!
This is an excellent children's book. It's a powerful story that teaches many great lesson for children to learn early.
Published 3 months ago by Anon
3.0 out of 5 stars Good twit on old story
Cute but a little above my grandchild's age. She enjoyed reading it once, but hasn't wanted to read it again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Margaret E. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely love it!
Published 3 months ago by sunni
5.0 out of 5 stars adorable book!
Absolutely adored this book!!! The story and illustrations are great. This should be a must-have for elementary classrooms. The students will love it.
Published 4 months ago by teacher learning spanish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful Children's Book!! Especially, since the child it was brought for is of Ghanaian ancestry.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice twist
I enjoyed this story and would like to see more like it. The only thing I wasn't crazy about was that once his hair was referred to as "his mop".
Published 5 months ago by Delores Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Kofi Approves!
My son and I really enjoyed reading this book, especially because his middle name is Kofi!
Published 5 months ago by A. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I loved this story! I love the fact that the story incorporates Afrikan heritage, pride and a lesson within the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Afrikan Goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I bought this book for my daughter and she absolutely LOVES it!
Published 7 months ago by Eclectic Creation
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