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Head, Body, Legs

A Story from Liberia

Won-Ldy Paye, Margaret H. Lippert, Julie Paschkis (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/1/2005)
Prebound (9/1/2005)


A magical retelling of a creation story from Liberia.

"Long ago, Head was all by himself.
He had no legs, no arms, no body.
He rolled everywhere."

Head is all alone. Body bounces along, Arms swing about, and Legs stand around. They can't do much by themselves, so they try to join together. But how? Should Head attach to the belly button? Should Legs stand on Arms? If only they can work together, everything will be perfect.

This vibrant, joyous retelling of a traditional Liberian creation story shows how much can be accomplished with a little cooperation.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9780805065701, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2002

About the Author

Won-Ldy Paye was trained as a storyteller by his grandmother. He is from the Dan people of northeastern Liberia, and now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Margaret H. Lippert has taught in the United States, as well as in Guatemala and Tanzania, where she learned many stories. She lives on Mercer Island, Washington.

Julie Paschkis was inspired by the Asafo flags of the Fante people from coastal Ghana while illustrating this book. She lives in Seattle, Washington.