Kwajo and the Brasseman's Secret
This “tale of old Ashanti wisdom and gold” focuses on the little brass figures that were used to weigh gold dust, which was the wealth of the ancient Ashanti kingdom (now called Ghana). Kwajo helps his father with the furnace that makes the gold-weight figures. In his dreams he visits an ancient palace, where he gets a chance to win gold by explaining the symbolism of successive gold-weight figures. However, he fails on the last one, and the dream dissolves. Folk wisdom and local proverbs are woven deftly into the story. In the "About the Book" section, the authors Meshack Asare explains Ashanti history and the use of the gold weights.
Age: from 8 y. o.
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