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****Sense Pass King

A Story From Cameroon

retold by Katrin Tchana

Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Reviewed February 17, 2003.
Holiday House, New York, 2002.  32 pages.
Available at Sembach Library  (E TCH).

Sense Pass King is a delightful folk tale of a little girl who is so smart, she has more sense than the king.  The story is a tall tale--“By the time she was two she could speak the languages of all seven villages and communicate with animals.  When she was three, she could prepare dinner for her parents.”

Of course, once the king hears about this child being called Sense Pass King, he’s quite angry.  He tries to capture her more than once, but she outwits him every time.  Finally, he decides to use her as a counselor.  Finally, when Sense Pass King saves the king and all his soldiers but the king tries to take credit, the soldiers rebel, and make Sense Pass King their queen.  And they all live happily ever after.

The story is fun and entertaining.  The pictures are outstanding.  It all adds up to a book that’s sure to please.

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