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Galimoto (Reading Rainbow Books) Paperback – August 21, 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
An African boy collects scraps of wire to make a galimoto --a toy vehicle. In PW 's words, "Williams's gentle text and Stock's soft watercolors capture the essence of life in a small African village. Children . . . will warm to this tale of a boy's persistence and not-so-small accomplishment." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-- When seven-year-old Kondi decides to fashion a galimoto (a generic term for various push-toys made from wires and sticks), his older brother is convinced that a small boy should not undertake such a difficult project. Besides, the elder brother reminds him, Kondi does not have enough wire to make a toy. Readers follow the clever boy through his small African village on his quest to obtain the precious material from adults and other children through persuasion and old-fashioned know-how. Although he encounters many obstacles in his search, Kondi's persistence is rewarded. Stock's bright watercolor illustrations energize this quiet tale. Readers will cheer Kondi as he sees his goal realized. A good read-aloud choice. --Denia Lewis Hester, Dewey School, Evanston, IL
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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*The illustrations are beautifully done. They have a spontaneous, almost snapshot quality with the line drawing you might find in a sketchbook.
*It's good to have a children's book about a village setting. Great details about how people use certain materials or the gendered division of labor. The boy spends all day making a toy while his sisters grind maize, haha. Focus is still on the story, unlike some books which have a documentary or textbook feel to them.
*My almost-two year old sits through the entire book because the text flows well and he can follow the pictures. Each page has multiple paragraphs, so this is an accomplishment on the part of the writer.
*Some of the dialogue feels a little stilted or over the top. When the boy cuts in line to ask for parts for his toy, the women waiting to grind maize say angrily "You keep us waiting for a children's plaything. One cannot eat wires." This sounds like a cliche rather than what someone would really say. I haven't spent time in a village like this myself, so I don't know if the little hostilities in the book are normal or just the author trying to make more obstacles for her protagonist.