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Kofi and His Magic

A magic story.  Design of Maya Angelou’s acclaimed story of a Kofi, a seven-year-old West African boy who learns how to weave by wiggling strings tied to his toes, “a little like riding a bicycle.”

Using this technique, Kofi and his and his friends create the beautifully colored Kente cloth for which his town, Bonwire, is famous throughout the world.

Kofi is not only a weaver, though; he is also a magician.


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The book’s layout incorporates the fabric pattern details featured in Mary Courtney-Clark’s photographs.

The book’s typography responds to the rhythm and cadence of Angelou’s text.

Alexander Isley
Kim Okosky