The Butter Man
Elizabeth Alalou & Julie Klear Essakalli
Charlesbridge, 2008 (2008)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
n a Saturday evening, a hungry girl watches her
(father) make a big pot of couscous for the family dinner (her mother is still at work) in a special pot that he brought from Morocco. To distract Nora while waiting, baba tells her a story.
aba tells of a time of drought and hunger in his home in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco - after the cow is sold and his father leaves in search of work, there is no more butter. Hungry for it, he asks his mother if there is even just a little - and she suggests he take his bread and wait outside for the
o baba does. And while he observes all the passersby and a '
big red truck
' go through the busy village, he eats his bread without thinking of butter. He does this every day, and every day returns empty handed - '
No more bread. No butter man.
' But one day, when baba only has a very small piece of bread to eat, someone special does show up - can you guess who he is?
tells readers about the villagers who live in the High Atlas Mountains, and a
explains Berber words that are used in the text.
The Butter Man
is a sweet and informative story that introduces kids to another culture, and might make them appreciate their next meal - and the butter on the table - just a little more than usual.
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