Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water (Dial Books for Young Readers)

by Verna Aardema

Hardcover, 1988

Status

Available

Collection

Publication

Dial (1988), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages

Description

King Gorilla decrees that no one may marry his daughter until a suitor strong enough to consume a barrel of strange, intoxicating water is found.

Language

Original publication date

1988

Physical description

32 p.; 8.25 x 0.25 inches

ISBN

0803704127 / 9780803704121

Barcode

3683

User reviews

LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
When King Gorilla decides that only the strongest and bravest suitor will marry his daughter, Princess Gorilla's pleas that she be allowed to choose someone who loves her, are ignored. Luckily, the "test" fixed upon by King Gorilla proves enough to defeat everyone from the elephant to the leopard, until the "victory" of the clever talapoin presents him with an unusual problem...

A humorous folktale from the Mpongwe people of Gabon, Princess Gorilla and a New Kind of Water belongs to that class of tale in which ambitious parents aim too high for their marriageable daughters. These stories (the widespread Mouse Bride would be another example), which are always resolved when the daughter marries one of her "own kind," seem to be an argument for endogamy - marriage within the cultural group.

However that may be, and whatever didactic purpose the tale serves, it is also an enjoyable story, and young children will be charmed by Victoria Chess's droll illustrations, which so clearly express the emotions of each character.
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Pages

32

Rating

(3 ratings; 2.8)
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