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When Grandpa Cheddi was a Boy

Written by Sharon Pooran for Guyana Review on no date provided

This collection of 13 children’s stories is exclusively Guyanese in its composition: they detail this country’s interior and rural area, generously illustrated by local cartoonist Paul Harris. The stories, written over the years as birthday presents to the Jagan’s grandchildren, are peopled with Amerindians, good little children, water dogs, monkeys, hawks and sloths - and each carries a moral: love, friendship, sacrifice, duty, kindness, and ecological conservation are praised, while greed and laziness are condemned.

The charming, familiar stories are well-packaged by the Third-World oriented Peepal Tree Press, and reasonably priced. The book is sure to do well in Guyana, adding to Mrs Jagan’s list of achievements.

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