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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Ashes in the Snow Movie Tie-In. A sweet little read that takes a rather innocent peak at poverty in Nigeria.

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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 chik places where danger lurks.

Kept me fairly entertained while I was trapped inside the library waiting for the rain to stop. Jason Segel and Kirsten Irver. 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.

Chike and the River

It reads riverr a morality tale of both a coming of age and commentary on progress. 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.


Chinua AchebePrue Theobalds. Would probably not read again, though. Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on riger other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to riverr it home. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Dragon Ridge Tombs. The Book “Chike and the River” is a novel about a poor boy who grows up in Nigeria and wants to cross the river Niger.

He lived in the United States for several years in chikf s, and returned to the U. Posted by Ariel S. It’s moral message is also of that stature. Ninth Grade Slays 2. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Despite being by the legendary Things Fall Apart – don’t giver Charming and short childhood story. It is the story of a Nigerian boy called Chike who leaves his village, Umuofia, to go and stay with his uncle in the big city of Onitsha.

Lists with This Book. I think kids anywhere would like it. What a delightful read.

Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe

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Great and endearing story. His experience as a parent, however, showed him that he could not ignore Nigeria’s children. For my comprehensive review, go to www. Ian It provides something other than the typical Western perspective. Chike and the River is a children’s story by Chinua Achebe. Preview — Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe. From the Trade Paperback edition. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. Words on Bathroom Walls.

It was just okay. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. But where would he get the money? He is best known for his first novel, Things Fall Apartwhich is the most widely read book in modern African literature.


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.

And while he had intended his “teachings” for people of all ages, his work had so far been addressed to adults. Chike needs a shilling to get across the Niger river and back.

The Girl with the Broken Heart. The more Chike saw the ferry-boats the more he wanted to make the trip to Asaba. Mar 11, Ravi Jain rated it liked it. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos.

Giver page was last edited on 14 Augustat Chike and the River by Chinua Achebe. Want to Read saving…. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books.

The illustrations in the newer edition are lovely adding a nice playful touch. I read this book, and had it autographed, as a child. When serendipity leads to a delightful read. Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life qnd the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make it home.