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Contributor(s): Fullerton, Alma, Patkau, Karen (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0986949590     ISBN-13: 9780986949593
Publisher: Pajama Pr
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2013

Annotation: In Uganda, a young boy struggles to carry cans full of water back to his small village, and when he sees an aid truck filled with something that would make his journey easier, he devises a way to obtain some of the truck's treasure.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Poverty; Fiction.
Children and war; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | Africa
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Homelessness & Poverty
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Values & Virtues
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2013008684
Lexile Measure: 1030
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.75" W x 0.25" (0.95 lbs) 22 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 158174
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 January #3)

Patkau (One Watermelon Seed) offers simple yet soulful digital collages that gracefully supplement Fullerton's (Libertad) understated storytelling in this book set in a Ugandan village. Nature plays an uplifting role: the opening spread reveals a single sunny poppy at close range, "white in a sea of green"; the early morning sky is ablaze with color; and cows graze peacefully. Yet the shadows cast by war, never mentioned explicitly, are dark: two rifle-wielding soldiers guard fields, and one child has a prosthetic leg. Upon returning from the village well, a boy named Kato peers into an aid worker's truck that is filled with brightly colored items—Kato knows what they are, but Patkau only gives readers a couple of clues. Kato clearly appreciates what he sees, and he plucks the white poppy to give to the aid worker, who distributes her cargo of new shoes to Kato and other ecstatic children. The double gesture of kindness—the good trade—projects a strong spirit of generosity and gratitude, traits as universal as the appeal of a gift of cool new sneakers. Ages 5–up. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 March)

Gr 1–3—Kato, a young Ugandan boy, serves his family by filling jerry cans with a day's worth of water each morning. His journey to the borehole takes him down hills, past cattle fields, and by soldiers standing guard. On this particular day, he pauses on his way back into town to peek inside an aid worker's truck and sees that it is filled with shoes. While finishing his chores, he finds a white poppy in the field and picks it for the aid worker who gives the village children new shoes, the "good trade" of the title. The illustrations are bright and geometric, computer-generated but quite textural, appearing almost mixed media. The large images are full of subtle details that show the lifestyle and daily activities common in the small, lush village. The text is spare and poetic and the pictures capture the tone and supply the bulk of the information. Young readers will enjoy this sweet day-in-the-life snapshot.—Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

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