Obara the Gatekeeper is a beautiful adaptation of a traditional story from the Yoruba people of Nigeria. It tells the tale of Obara, a hard working man whose job it is to open and close the town gate when visitors come. Though he is a good man, he is bored with his job and envies his neighbors, thinking their lives are better. Over time, Obara's fortunes finally turn, and his dreams come true! And that's when things get really interesting... This is a wonderfully illustrated story with many important lessons, told in a friendly and gentle style. Each reading encourages discussion, because there are messages here about hard work, reward, envy and second chances. Don't pass up this marvelous book!