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Kele's Secret

by (author) Tololwa Mollel

illustrated by Catherine Stock

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Jan 1997
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 1997
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3


In order to have his reward from Grandmother, Yoanes must first gather enough eggs to take to market. But Grandmother's hens don't make the job easy. They lay their eggs in the strangest places-the bedroom, the cow barn, and even the outhouse. And Kele, Grandmother's most unusual hen, is most clever at hiding her eggs. Poor Yoanes has to follow her all over the family compound and coffee farm if he is to discover all of her secret hideouts. But she leads him to the one place on the farm that he is most afraid of, will he dare search any further? If he is to earn his reward, the precious coin from Grandmother, he will have to.

Master storyteller Tololwa Mollel has written a warm family story set in his native Tanzania. With a gentle sense of humour, he addresses the universal of a young child who manages to conquer his fears. Catherine Stock's engaging illustrations, painted during a visit to the Arusha Maasai of Tanzania, evoke the liveliness and charm of the tale.

About the authors

Tololwa Mollel is a children's author, dramatist and storyteller, who has written sixteen books and several plays as well as stories that he created or adapted for performance. His books include award-winning titles such as Orphan Boy, Rhinos for Lunch and Big Boy, and My Rows and Piles of Coins. His books have been translated into various South African languages and into Korean. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Catherine Stock has illustrated many picture books, including A Porc in New York and A Spree in Paree, which was one of Time Magazine’s Ten Best Children’s Books of the Year. Born in Sweden, she now lives in France.

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