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Chike and the River has ratings and 75 reviews. Orient said: Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains:D Miracle. Chike and the River is a sixty-page chapter book intended for middle readers with illustrations by Prue Theobalds. Chike, a Nigerian boy. “In Chike and the River, young readers get an intimate look at African life, learn about the Niger River, and connect with Chike as if he is their.

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I chose this book as a finale to my Lithuanian reading Challenge for I was actually really surprised while reading this how well it matched up with the stories and sentiments he told me: It’s moral message is also of chiek stature.

I am quite surprised that I found this book in the 8th grade section of my school’s library.

Simple but quite appealing illustrations served good to express the simplicity of the story but at the same time they left a warm feeling, like looking at a lovely art of a child.

Paperback64 pages.

We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie: CHINUA ACHEBE: CHIKE AND THE RIVER

The ending I shall leave for you to discover Avoiding spoilers here. The Case of the Missing Marquess. Even when the teachers, who were predominantly white, presented the material with no personal bias, the stories themselves chikke racial stereotypes that portrayed Africans as primitive and superstitious. Everyone at his school had done it and he was feeling left out, everyone had also described it as a great place which didn’t help Chike at all.

Jun 24, Kellie Hermansen rated it it was amazing. He became fascinated with world religion Chinua Achebe was a novelist, poet, professor at Brown University and critic.


To ask other readers giver about Chike and the Riverplease sign up. In classic Achebe style, proverbs and folktales are peppered throughout the simple but well told story of a boy trying to make his way across the river and ultimately learning sometimes the grass isn’t quite as green on the other side as one thought.


Retrieved 13 April I really loved it, the adventure of the story, all of the steps that Chike took to reach his goal.

View all 11 comments. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. His experience as a parent, however, showed him that he could not ignore Nigeria’s children. If you want to introduce children to Achebe, and you should, start at Things Fall Apart. It was in this capacity that his good friend and former classmate, the poet Christopher Okigbo, then serving as the manager of the Cambridge Press for West Africa, approached him about writing a children’s book.

He has to leave his beloved small village and his family behind and live with his uncle in the city Onitsha, on the shores of the Niger River, so that he can continue his schooling. I have to read more of Achebe’s stuff. Further chije might be found on the article’s talk page. Chinua Achebe was a novelist, poet, professor cjike Brown University and critic. I loved the narration of this short story as I joined Chike in his series of small adventures.

In the immortal words of my late grandmother, this book was “nicht besunders. Dec 28, Catherine rated it really liked it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The ferry ride is six-pence one way and this is beyond his means.

Chike and the River – Wikipedia

Achebe was, at that time, the recognized voice of modern African literature ever since the publication of cbike novel Things Fall Apart There is much to learn culturally for modern day young readers as well as adult readers who are interested to know about tribal African cultures. Lists with This Book. It was first published in by Cambridge University Press, cgike illustrations by Prue Theobalds, and was the first of several children’s stories Achebe would write.


It was creative how the author changed Chike’s dream into a nightmare then back to a great ending. But behind the simple boyhood facade lies a deeper story.

Ian During the monsoon season, the river is more full. It was just okay. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He was the… More about Chinua Achebe. I did find the ending and wrap up in the end a bit too quick and pat but not distracting so given it being just a gentle story of a young child.

I thought this was a very interesting book and i think it depicts how young boys like Chike had to live sort of independently amd though they live in the same house as their family. Jun 05, O rated it it was amazing. From the Trade Paperback edition. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.

Chike and the River

With his passing, I wanted to make hhe point of reading more of Achebe. With the help of his friend S. D Miracles do happen: The story seems to encourage young people in Africa to go out from the villages and look for a better future in the big cities, but warns of dangers and offers moral guidelines.

The Los Angeles Times. And though I know the moral tale is a huge part of African lit, at least they usually have some fun with animals that speak and fuck and kill chioe humans who are evil or beautiful or unbelievably rich.

The illustrations in the newer edition are lovely adding a nice playful touch.