Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Vincent Eke
Publisher: Lionpen Publishing
“You have listened attentively and learned the wisdom of the gods. But above all these, children, you should learn to love and care for your community and share the resources and the blessing of the land with others,” Vincent Eke writes in his children’s story, Mama’s Tales of Kanji – The Turtle’s Shell.
As the author’s debut fantasy adventure book, this unnumbered paperback book is forty-four pages. With no profanity, scary scenes, or violence, the book is targeted toward early elementary school readers but may be too advanced for beginner readers due to complicated words and punctuation errors. Having illustrated the book, the writer has large full page black lined drawings that could be easily used as a coloring book to fill-in while reading the story.
In this lengthy tome, the old wise woman called Mama by the children living in Kanji village loves to tell stories after dinner underneath the great Iroko tree. As the only one with courage to sit on the magical hand-carved stool made by the gods, Mama understands the language of the animals.
Mama tells the story when the animals of the Kanji Forest were facing starvation from a famine. Lima the lion had all the forest animals gather at the square and implemented a law that everyone had to bring all food together to share with the fellow forest animals.
However, Tobi the turtle and his family did not obey the rules. One day when Toby was making music, he tricked a girl into dancing, leaving her basket of food behind for him to confiscate.
As Tobi involves his wife and two children in daily taking and hording the girl’s basket of food, they grow healthy and fat while the other animals starve. The forest animals notice the turtles’ weight gain and spy to see how he obtains the food.
While the story promotes how it is wrong to be selfish, taking things from others, and being greedy, it shows how wrong decisions and choices often produces bad results and repercussions. It reiterates that sharing and being nice is beneficial to all.
With a reference to African gods for wisdom, some parents may be cautioned in the negativity of stealing, hiding, and lying but realize that there are penalties to be paid when there is a wrong done to others.
This book was furnished through Bostick Communications in lieu of an unbiased review.