COUNTDOWN TO A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

Four-year-old Kofi Mensah is forced to go about in tatty clothes. Mocked and ridiculed by his playmate, Abenaa Foriwaah, he enquired of his parents when he could reckon upon receiving a replacement. He was told to wait until Christmas –which was more than three months away. Kofi could hardly wait for the day to arrive.

Were his hopes and aspirations met with the arrival of the festive occasion?

Readers are invited to find out for themselves.

COUNTDOWN ZU EINEM GANZ BESONDEREN WEIHNACHTEN

Der vierjährige Kofi ist gezwungen, in schäbigen Kleidern herumzulaufen. Von seiner Spielkameradin Abenaa verspottet und verhöhnt, erkundigt er sich bei seinen Eltern, wann er mit einem Ersatz rechnen kann. Sie sagten ihm, er solle bis Weihnachten warten – und das war noch mehr als drei Monate entfernt. Kofi konnte den Tag kaum erwarten.

Wurden seine Hoffnungen und Wünsche mit dem Eintreffen des Festes erfüllt? Die Leserinnen und Leser sind eingeladen, es selbst herauszufinden.

A LETTER THAT LED TO FAME

On his way home from school Kofi Mensah is confronted with a scene that sends him almost to tears—four adults carrying a seriously ill patient on a stretcher. Aware of the fact that the rugged road doesn’t get much traffic, especially at that time of day, and that the next available hospital is a good distance away, Kofi fears the worst for the poor man.

Kofi can’t stop thinking about this awful scene. In the end he writes to the President of his country, telling him about the pitiful experience and pleading with him to build a hospital in the area.

Does this letter reach its destination and, if so, does it achieve its intended purpose?

NO SHORTCUT TO SUCCESS

Seven-year-old Kofi Mensah, a Year 2 primary school boy growing up in the little village of Kookookrom in Ghana, helps his parents on Saturdays and during the school holidays by carrying out various activities on their farm appropriate to his age.

On one occasion he is given grains of corn to plant. In the course of his work, he grows tired and devises a quicker way of planting the seeds assigned to him.

Initially he thinks his mischief will go undetected.

Is that indeed the case?

CHOCOLATE ON A TREE

Seven-year-old Kofi Mensah, a Year 2 primary school boy  growing up in the little village of Kookookrom in Ghana, helps his parents grow cocoa on Saturdays and during the school holidays. At his young age, one could well describe him as an expert cocoa grower.

Despite his experience in cultivating cocoa, does Kofi have any idea what the cocoa beans he and his parents grow are used for?

Well, you are welcome to find this out for yourself!