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FREE ⚠ Chike and the River È The Chike saw the ferry boats the he wanted to make the trip to Asaba But where would he get the money He did not know Still, he hopedEleven year old Chike longs to cross the Niger River to the city of Asaba, but he doesn t have the sixpence he needs to pay for the ferry ride With the help of his friend SMOG he embarks on a series of adventures to help him get there Along the way, he is exposed to a range of new experiences that are both thrilling and terrifying, from eating his first skewer of suya under the shade of a mango tree, to visiting the village magician who promises to double the money in his pocket Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make it home Chike and the River is a magical tale of boundaries, bravery, and growth, by Chinua Achebe, one of the world s most beloved and admired storytellers From the Trade Paperback edition Chike and the River is a charming little tale by Nobel Prize Winner Chinua Achebe The language is simplistic, to the extent that the booklet would do well as a children s book It s moral message is also of that stature.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 In the course of the story, life in the village is shown as poor, simple but rather virtuous, while t Chike and the River is a charming little tale by Nobel Prize Winner Chinua Achebe The language is simplistic, to the extent that the booklet would do well as a children s book It s moral message is also of that stature.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 In the course of the story, life in the village is shown as poor, simple but rather virtuous, while the city, the river, and Lagos, beyond the city and down the river are shown as places where danger lurks Life in the city also requires money, and Chike learns the hard way how to come bye the money he needs deceit, theft and reward.Whether read as a children s tale or a simple short story, readers of all ages may learn something from this booklet set in Africa Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains D Miracles do happen But I ll get back to my monsters, I promise No need to worry Oh what an easy and light read Chike and the River was I chose this book as a finale to my Lithuanian reading Challenge for 2016 With symbolism to adults and some funny and exciting adventure to kids As you probably guessed, Chike is a kid and the river symbolizes his struggle in life to overcome his fears, sneak peak into Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains D Miracles do happen But I ll get back to my monsters, I promise No need to worry Oh what an easy and light read Chike and the River was I chose this book as a finale to my Lithuanian reading Challenge for 2016 With symbolism to adults and some funny and exciting adventure to kids As you probably guessed, Chike is a kid and the river symbolizes his struggle in life to overcome his fears, sneak peak into the exciting world and try to not be carried away by the stream This short book was quite a page turner and offered me a glimpse into a simple life when people were wayinnocent, even the baddies 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 The writing is so simple, but compelling old lorry called Slow and Steady with a quite picturesque description and so innocently mischievous nincompoops are only two gems I found in this slight delight The story gently touches the innocent mind of a child, essence of loneliness, childish curiosity, survival skills, way to salvation It is a heartwarming tale What a delightful read Achebe waved his magic wand and made me feel 8 years old again while reading this charming children s story.The Summary Chike leaves his mother and his village of Umuofia to settle with his uncle in Onitsha where he would school He settles into this new life and quickly makes friends at the school The notorious S.M.O.G becomes a particularly good friend and a constant bad influence Chike s desire is to cross the River Niger to Asaba, a big city unlike anything he has What a delightful read Achebe waved his magic wand and made me feel 8 years old again while reading this charming children s story.The Summary Chike leaves his mother and his village of Umuofia to settle with his uncle in Onitsha where he would school He settles into this new life and quickly makes friends at the school The notorious S.M.O.G becomes a particularly good friend and a constant bad influence Chike s desire is to cross the River Niger to Asaba, a big city unlike anything he has seen before The ferry ride is six pence one way and this is beyond his means The adventure begins as he figures a way to make the money, he then crosses the river only to miss the last ferry back home, and then he ends up in the back of a lorry for the night, which turns out to be a loading vehicle for robbers The ending I shall leave for you to discover Avoiding spoilers here.Culturally EducationalOf course, as all children s adventures go, there is nothing special here In fact, one could go as far as to say that the story is a clich , although the book was first published in 1966, so it could also be seen as a standard story format of the time What stands out is Achebe s simple prose and the continuous references to Chike s tribal sayings, all of which are shown for young readers to understand Likewise the occasional usage of pidgin English or references in local dialect Another great factor is the actions taken by the different characters which are all accurate and vivid, representative of life in Nigeria 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 A highly recommended book Kept me fairly entertained while I was trapped inside the library waiting for the rain to stop A sweet little read that takes a rather innocent peak at poverty in Nigeria.