My Great-Grandmother's Gourd

My Great-Grandmother's Gourd
Kessler, Cristina; Krudop, Walter Lyon (Illustrator)

Fatima is thrilled. Her village has a brand-new pump. No more camels hauling water. No more storing water in baobab trees. Life will be easier and better for all. Well, almost all. Fatima's grandmother refuses to change her ways. She insists upon preparing the baobab tree, just as her mother and grandmother did before her. The other villagers think she's foolish, but she doesn't care. She has plenty of work to do -- and so does her granddaughter, who decides to help her.


A story about change and tradition set in a Sudanese village.

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JP Kessler


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