Traditional African meeets modern African way of life. Nine-year-old Tapiwa hates school, the Lobatse girls all look down on her even though she's top of the class but then her Uncle Seke came to stay and life changed forever, Lobatse school no longer seemed to matter. Uncle Seke has led avery traditional way of life. He finds adapting to city ...
Traditional African meeets modern African way of life. Nine-year-old Tapiwa hates school, the Lobatse girls all look down on her even though she's top of the class but then her Uncle Seke came to stay and life changed forever, Lobatse school no longer seemed to matter. Uncle Seke has led avery traditional way of life. He finds adapting to city life extremely difficultbut Tapiwa will do anything to help her uncle. Through all this Tapiwa becomes stronger, she no longer cares about what others think or say however it can alsolead to problems, especially when Uncle Seke's old ways clash with the new restaints. And inevitably he never truly fits in with his new surrounds.
Shelley Jackson. Near Fine in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. First printing. Small scuffed spots on the boards. Previous owner's name on the front free endpaper. Otherwise fine. The dust jacket has the publisher's "reinforced binding" sticker and has very light edgewear and a few tiny dents and shallow scratches.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-11-21 Uncle Zeke comes to live with Tapiwa's family in Zimbabwe in this impressive first book; in a starred review, PW praised Farmer for her "astute ear for dialogue, deft hand with plot twists and keen dry wit." Ages 8-12. (Dec.)
Publishers Weekly, 1993-03-15 First-time novelist Farmer serves up a genial family tale with an out-of-the-ordinary setting: Zimbabwe. Fleeing bandits in his Mozambique village, Tapiwa's Uncle Zeka has come to stay. Bush-savvy but unversed in city ways, this unusual gentleman proves just the breath of fresh air the nine-year-old needs to spice up her lonely routine--middle-class Tapiwa attends an elite girls' school and is roundly ignored by her snooty classmates. Uncle Zeka is gleefully unpredictable, naive to the point of being marginally dangerous and brimming with wild schemes. He's also thoroughly devoted to Tapiwa, and she to him. With his niece in tow, Uncle Zeka commits a string of social faux pas and gets into one scrape after another, from termite-hunting and impersonating beggars to a (literally) smashing finale in which Zeka outsmarts Tapiwa's insufferable Aunt Rudo and ends up driving her Mercedes into a mine shaft (he emerges intact and triumphant). Jackson's spirited black-and-white illustrations exhibit a distinctive personality of their own while adding zest to this pair's adventures. Farmer, who spent 17 years in Mozambique and Zimbabwe, is clearly a born storyteller--in this impressive first book she displays an astute ear for dialogue, a deft hand with plot twists and a keen, dry wit. Tapiwa could be the girl next door; she is also a most interesting window on a culture seldom seen in children's books. Ages 8-10. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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