Traveling to Tondo: A Tale of the Nkundo of Zaire
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02. Traveling to Tondo: A Tale of the Nkundo of Zaire (Knopf, 1991)
Verna Aardema & Will Hillenbrand
(Kindergarten-Grade 4))

Bowane the civet cat is getting married! Laden with gifts for the bride, he asks his friends- a pigeon, a python, and a tortoise- to attend him at the wedding, in Tondo.

But along the way, oh, what happens! First the travelers must wait for Pigeon’s palm nuts to ripen. And next they must wait for Python to digest his antelope. And next…When has a trip to Tondo ever taken so long?

“This satisfying tale owes its success to a clean, straightforward telling and beautiful illustrations in blues, browns, greens, and gold. Small black decorations under the text show the silly travellers in silhouette as they march along. This is the kind of story children love…”

Starred Review, School Library Journal

“Delightfully understated humor and intriguing repetitions that invite audience participation make this a perfect tale for telling. The illustrations here are also outstanding: rich earth colors loosely enclosed by rough-edged black line, the animals stylized yet lively and humorously expressive.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“The stylized illustrations, executed in a warm but muted palette, complement both action and tone. Soft, subtle lines define elements of character and setting, emphasizing shape and mass without overcoming the carefully planned gradations of color.”

Starred Review, The Horn Book

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