Chike and the River has ratings and 75 reviews. Orient said: Oh yeah, I did it, I picked a book without magic, monsters and great villains:D Miracle. Chike and the River is a sixty-page chapter book intended for middle readers with illustrations by Prue Theobalds. Chike, a Nigerian boy. “In Chike and the River, young readers get an intimate look at African life, learn about the Niger River, and connect with Chike as if he is their.

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Refresh and try again. In classic Achebe style, proverbs and folktales are peppered throughout the simple but well told story of a boy trying to make his way across the river and ultimately learning sometimes the grass isn’t quite as green on the other side as one thought.

Andd story of Chike is engaging and concise, and is an important contribution to the “canon” of international children’s literature. Words on Bathroom Walls.

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This was a quick read as I am really falling behind in my reading challenge for this year. I really enjoyed the African art that was included in this book. Ian During the monsoon season, the river is more full. In the end, I expected there to be a very obvious lesson, hhe of like Aesop’s Fables, but it wasn’t blatantly stated, which I liked a lot!

We Too Were Children, Mr. Barrie: CHINUA ACHEBE: CHIKE AND THE RIVER

Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. 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.


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 qnd he ends up in the back of a lorry for the night, which turns out to be a loading vehicle for robbers. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It reads like a ruver tale of both a coming of age and commentary on progress. The more Chike saw the ferry-boats the more he wanted to make the trip to Asaba.

Jun 24, Kellie Hermansen rated it it was amazing. It was creative how the author changed Chike’s dream into a nightmare then back to a great ending. I read this book, and had it autographed, as a child.

This page was last edited on 14 Augustat And though I know the moral tale is a huge part of African lit, at least they usually have some fun with animals that speak and fuck and kill and huma Though it has obvious references to Things Fall Apart this isn’t really a worthy successor. Paperback64 pages.

Chike and the River

While this does not feel the caliber of Things Fall Apart, it is good story. Jun 05, O rated it it was amazing. I thought this was a very interesting book and i think it depicts how young boys like Chike had to live sort of independently even though they live in the same house as their family.


I am quite surprised that I found this book in the 8th grade section of my school’s library. Inhis lecture An Image of Africa: And if you want to celebrate Achebe’s recent passing read No Longer at Ease. With his passing, I wanted to make a point of reading more of Achebe.

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. Kept me fairly entertained while I was trapped inside the library waiting for the rain to stop.

You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. I read this book during my 3-day solo in the woods of New Hampshire. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos. It it arrives at its conclusion a bit too abruptly, there is still a great deal of pleasure to be found in seeing this world through a young boy’s eyes.

Would probably not read again, though. Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on the other side is far different from his expectations, riber he must find the courage within him to make it home. 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.