The Market Bowl

By Jim Averbeck
(Charlesbridge Publishing, Hardcover, 9781580893688, 32pp.)

Publication Date: February 2013

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Yoyo has listened to Mama Cecile's song about how to make ndole (bitterleaf stew) her entire life long enough to know how to make it herself, now that she is finally old enough. But slicing the bitterleaf, grinding the pumpkin, measuring out the shrimp it just takes too long. Yoyo is confident that her variation on the stew will be good enough.
As Mama Cecile and Yoyo set off to market, Mama reminds Yoyo what will happen if she refuses a fair price for the stew Brother Coin, the Great Spirit of the Market, will put a curse on their market bowl. When Yoyo refuses to heed Mama's advice, she is faced with the task of trying to regain a blessing from the god himself.
An original folktale set in modern-day Cameroon, THE MARKET BOWL teaches readers a lesson about patience, humility, and the value of a fair price. Back matter includes further information about Cameroon and its people and traditions as well as a recipe for ndole Cameroon's national food dish.

About the Author
Jim Averbeck is the author of "One Word from Sophia", illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; "In a Blue Room", illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel "A Hitch at the Fairmont". He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books "Oh No, Little Dragon!" and" Except If". He studied Children's Book Writing and Illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco. You can visit him at
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