Age Range: 10 – 14 years
The children of Tanoso are looking forward to a very exciting Christmas party. Their mothers are busy preparing lots of goodies for the party.
The only snag is that the dry Harmattan wind gets worse every day. It does not show any sign of going away before Christmas day.
A worried Jeneba goes searching for the Harmattan man to persuade him to stay away on the day set for the party so that they can have good weather and enjoy the party.
Does she find the Harmattan-man? Does he agree to go away on the day set for the party?
Be careful what you wish for!
Jeneba allows greed to make her wish for something unthinkable. She becomes a monkey! Her wish fulfilled, she realizes to her dismay that being a monkey is not just stealing bananas, climbing trees and getting all the attention. She brings sorrow to her family and causes trouble at school. How do her loved ones break the spell?
The beauty of de Graft Hanson’s story rests on a phenomenon all of us have experienced as children: wishing to be something we aren’t. These wishes might be good or bad. So be careful what you wish for.
The author of this book is one of Ghana’s foremost writers of fiction, particularly for children, and is also a literary critic and Professor of Classics at the University of Cape Coast. This novel for young adults is set in Ghana and tells of the search by five teenagers for the treasure of gold reputedly hidden away by Asebu Amanfi, eponymous founder of Asebu, near Moree in the Fanti area. Combining folkloric legend and present-day fact, there is a moral of each story within the story, intended to impart traditional values and provide a commentary on trends in contemporary society.