Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Turtle's Shell (Mama's Tales of Kanji) by Vincent Eke


The Turtle's Shell tells the story of Tobi, a smart turtle who thinks he can get away with deceiving his friends. He ends up learning a few shell cracking lessons. This friendly easy-to-read book shows children how our everyday actions and decisions always consequences. This story also draws attention to the nuggets of wisdom embedded in African cultural stories which can be emulated by any child whatever their racial background.

My Review:

First, this is my review from F, my oldest:

I liked this book.  The book teaches a lesson.  I think this book would be a good bed-time story.

Now, for my review:

At the beginning of the story, the author introduces you to Mama, a wise old woman from the Kanji Village.  He describes her in such detail that it makes it easy to picture her.

Each night, all of the children would gather around the Iroko tree to hear her stories.  She would sit on her special hand carved stool that allowed whoever sat on it to be able to understand the language of the animals.

You are also introduced to Tobi, a lovely little turtle and you will learn about his many adventures.

And at the end of the each story, Mama would ask the children from they learned from the story.  The story of Tobi, the turtle, helped teach the children that they should honor any agreement they make.  They also learned the valuable lesson that being selfish and greedy is not good.

Vincent Eke did a great job with this story.  The illustrations are great and the book flows nicely.

This would be a great addition to any child's library, your child's classroom, or as a gift to your favorite little one.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book for my honest review. 

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