|Quick, Slow, MANGO! by Anik McGrory|
Author: Anik McGrory
Illustrator: Anik McGrory
Word Count: 619
Top 10 Element: Character
This is such a cute little book, a sequel actually, to the original Kidogo. Kidogo is the name of the little elephant, and it means "little" in Kiswahili (kee-DOE-go). That alone, screams "character"! But, it really is a good study on character. The second character in this book, the monkey, is named PolePole (POH-lay POH-lay) which means slowly, slowly.
Kidogo the elephant's mother is always urging him to hurry up, while PolePole the monkey's mother cautions her to slow down, but together they learn that slow and fast can both be good.This book wasn't my favorite when I first read it. It was cute. But the more I read it, the more I noticed how every intricate detail was placed just so. It's a good study on patterns, as well.
Kidogo gathered his trunk and slipped slowly down the riverbank. On his way, he found
...and a stick.
He stretched his trunk.
And said hello to a passing snail.
"Hurry, hurry," his mama called again. "Drink up now, or else we might miss breakfast."This gives a glimpse of what Kidogo's character is like. He takes his time and notices things.
Then PolePole spotted mangoes in a tree nearby. She rushed to grab all the ones she could reach. But while she rushed, she didn't hold on well.
And the mangoes slipped and fell.
As more and more mangoes fell, PolePole scrambled to pick them faster and faster.
but as she picked faster and faster, more and more mangoes fell!And thus the conflict begins and the story ensues. The BEST books will have a 9 of the 10 elements in them (not all books rhyme), but usually one element will stand out as the strongest throughout the story.
The book then goes through several spreads of Kidogo's day showing all the ways he takes his time and is slow to follow his mama. Then later, PolePole "dashed at the very last mango. It flew through the air. And so did PolePole."
And then, on spread 10:
Kidogo watched the funny monkey bobbing down the river swiping at the mangoes.
Slowly, slowly. He waded deeper.
He found a stick.
He stretched his trunk.
He pretended he was a rock...Kidogo "stops" all the mangoes and PolePole learns how to be slow and get the mangoes too. Finally their mamas find them and see that they have worked together to catch all the floating mangoes. And here's a hint at theme and the ending:
"Yes, Kidogo, sometimes slowly slowly can also be just right."It really is a very cute book. No wonder Kidogo is so loveable! My daughter especially loves it because of the elephant and the monkey. The very nature of their characters plays straight into the plot line.
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