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The Resource Forest of the Pygmies, Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden

Forest of the Pygmies, Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden

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Forest of the Pygmies
Title
Forest of the Pygmies
Statement of responsibility
Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden
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Contributor
Subject
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Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
Eighteen-year-old Alexander Cold and his grandmother travel to Africa on an elephant-led safari, but discover a corrupt world of poaching and slavery
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Review
  • Gr. 8-11. In the final installment of the trilogy that began with City of the Beasts (2002), Alexander, now 18, acknowledges that he feels “vaguely ridiculous, as if he were in some Tarzan movie.” Unfortunately, that sums up what’s disappointing in this story. Alex and his friend, Nadia, travel to Africa on a new International Geographic expedition with Alex’s tough grandma, Kate. In the jungle, they help to save primitive Pygmies from slavery and annihilation by a savage, ridiculous tyrant, who wears a necklace of human fingers. Eventually, in a David versus Goliath chapter, a Pygmy warrior defeats the powerful ruler. Allende’s narrative, translated from the Spanish, does show some diversity in Africa, and she individualizes a few local people, especially the women (including a fiercely independent Kenyan pilot). But the constant use of convenient magical realism removes all tension from the plot. There is never any doubt that the amulets and totems will help the good guys win. What will hold readers are the close encounters with elephants, crocodiles, snakes, and gorillas. Forget the people. -- Hazel Rochman (BookList, 03-15-2005, p1284)
  • Gr 7-10 –In the final installment of a trilogy that began with City of the Beasts (2002) and Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2004, both HarperCollins), 18-year-old Alexander Cold, his globe-trotting journalist grandmother, and their 15-year-old friend, Nadia, travel to Kenya to take an elephant safari. Soon, the party takes a detour to the jungle to find some missing missionaries, and, in the process becomes embroiled in a messy bit of business. It involves a military man who has taken over a village and terrorized and enslaved the local Bantu and Pygmy tribes. Although this adventure can stand alone, the amazing abilities of Alexander and Nadia (which include turning into their “totems” of a jaguar and an eagle, talking with animals, and becoming invisible) may strike newcomers to the series as somewhat jarring, not to mention rather too convenient to the plot. The language can be lyrical and several of the characters (especially Angie, the almost-fearless female African pilot) are charismatic, but too often the emotions and personalities of Alexander and Nadia are narrated in long passages instead of shown through action and dialogue, creating an emotional distance that detracts from an otherwise fine adventure tale. Buy where the first two books are popular.–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library --Eva Mitnick (Reviewed June 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 6, p147)
  • Allende takes her readers into the wilds of Africa in the final installment of her fantasy adventure trilogy that follows City of the Beasts (2002) and Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (2004). This story begins when 18-year-old Alexander Cold and his friend, Brazilian native Nadia Santos, join Alex's salty grandmother Kate, a journalist for International Geographic, and two photographers on a safari in Kenya. When a Catholic missionary persuades them and a local pilot to help find his colleagues who are lost in the remote jungles of NgoubÉ, the heroic group endangers their lives in an attempt to save them. While packed with hair-raising near misses and vivid glimpses of Africa's landscapes, tribal customs and wildlife, this is stiffly written, didactic and relentlessly descriptive. The characters are distinct, but undeveloped, and Allende awkwardly explains rather than reveals their interrelationships. Alexander and Nadia have totemic animal spirits, but since the origin and nature of this phenomenon are never explained, it's all rather baffling even within the context of Allende's magic realism. A rich but ultimately disappointing travelogue. (Fiction. 12-15) (Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
133191
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Allende, Isabel
Index
no index present
Intended audience
1010
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Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 7
  • 10
Reading level
7.9
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Peden, Margaret Sayers
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Alexander Cold trilogy
Series volume
0003
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Elephants
  • Grandmothers
  • Poaching
  • Kenya
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Forest of the Pygmies, Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Market fortune teller -- Elephant safari -- Missionary -- Incommunicado in the jungle -- Bewitched forest -- Pygmies -- Prisoners of Kosongo -- Sacred amulet -- Hunters -- Village of the ancestors -- Encounter with the spirits -- Reign of terror -- David and Goliath -- Last night -- Three-headed monster
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780060761974
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2004014448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780060761967
Stock number
BRO-copy20050812-064
System control number
  • ocm60589719
  • 117908
Label
Forest of the Pygmies, Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Margaret Sayers Peden
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Market fortune teller -- Elephant safari -- Missionary -- Incommunicado in the jungle -- Bewitched forest -- Pygmies -- Prisoners of Kosongo -- Sacred amulet -- Hunters -- Village of the ancestors -- Encounter with the spirits -- Reign of terror -- David and Goliath -- Last night -- Three-headed monster
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
296 pages
Isbn
9780060761974
Isbn Type
(lib. bdg.)
Lccn
2004014448
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780060761967
Stock number
BRO-copy20050812-064
System control number
  • ocm60589719
  • 117908

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