Saturday, March 12, 2011

Animal Stories Daddy Told Us - Innocent Emechete

Publisher:  AuthorHouse
Pages:  92
Source:  Received a review copy from the author
Genre:  Middle Grades, Traditional Stories

Are you looking for a book to teach your children about moral issues?   Look no further than
Innocent Emechete’s Animal Stories Daddy Told Us.  This author is a Catholic Priest born in Nigeria, West Africa.  As he explains in the introduction, the stories in this book were originally passed down from one generation to the next by mouth since for a long time most of the people could not read or write. The book is wonderfully illustrated by Theo. Nwaodu
These stories are not unlike many of our simple legends, myths, fairy tales and fables that teach the reader a moral lesson.  Some of the stories reminded me of popular cartoons we had when I was growing up.  The story of Mr. Mosquito and Ms. Ear in reminiscent of many tales we have of princesses who berate the men who come to win their hand only to discover what they missed out on.  The questions at the end of each story add a refreshing dimension to the book.  It gives the reader an opportunity to interact with the story on a different level.  If used in the classroom this book allows open discussion that can be taken a step further and applied to real world experiences.   Each story often has more than one lesson to be learned.  This is an asset to classrooms or to homes around the world.  The stories let the reader recognize how similar the messages are in these types of stories.  I look forward to sharing this book with my students.

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