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The Little Blue Cow

Title: The Little Blue Cow

Author: Thecla Ojeifo

Publisher: HTT Communications

Number of pages: 45

Type of Book: Fiction, Faith-based

Age: 0 – 8

Buy it here: Laterna Book Store, 13 Oke Awo Str, Victoria Island, Lagos or Glendora Bookshop, Ikeja City Mall, Lagos

Price: N600

MY SUMMARY

Michael’s mum is an expert story teller; she makes funny faces, uses different voices for the characters and sometimes acts out the stories! Story time with Michael’s mum is fun time for Michael, his baby sister and his friends. But she’s a story teller with a difference, her stories are centered around the Bible. Even better, she has a weekly Bible club for kids. Every Saturday, she picks a verse or two from the Bible, reads it to the kids and then tells a story about the verse.

The little blue cow, the story within this story is about a cow who was different from all the other animals on the farm and the big strong kind horse that helped him. Michael’s mum tried to share the message in Matthew11:28-30. Read the book to find out what became of the little blue cow and what Michael and his friends learnt from this story.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: It is a faith-based book for kids! What’s not to love? It is quite easy to read and features a glossary for the more complex words. The story within the story can be read to toddlers while beginning/independent readers can read the whole book without or with minor supervision. I recommend for little boys and girls ages 5 – 8.

DOWN: There were a few typos and the story dragged a bit in the beginning. There was also a lot of telling and not showing but I’ve come to realize that this is a pervading problem in Nigerian children’s fiction. 

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Matthew 11:28-30 reads “28Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 CHALLENGE: The Little Blue Cow

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1. Read the information above, then answer the following questions (6-8 year olds)

  1. What happened every Saturday?
  2. Is there a story within a story in this book?
  3. Michael’s mum loved doing this?

OR

2. Draw and colour a blue cow (4-5 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 8 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, June 28th 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Title: Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry The Dinosaur

Author: Olusegun Akande

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Number of pages: 88

Type of Book: Fiction; Christian

Age: 8+

Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Amazing-Adventures-Izi-Larry-Dinosaur/dp/1492878561 or contact the author: info@iziandlarrybooks.com

Price: $15.00

MY SUMMARY

Saturday is zoo day for 8-year-old Izi. She loves going to the zoo to visit the animals. One very ordinary Saturday Izi makes a new friend, Larry, a dinosaur with extraordinary powers. With his teensy head, long neck, huge body and enormous wings, Larry can travel through time. Together, every Saturday, Larry and Izi go on exciting adventures through different stories in the Bible and Izi learns several lessons about forgiveness, love, friendship and God, referred to in this book as ‘the Maker’.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: The book is beautifully illustrated. The illustrations will keep children turning the pages till the end. All in all, a satisfactory read.

DOWN: Sometimes, the narrator switched from a child’s perspective to that of an adult: ‘His voice sounds like that of a distinguished and wise old man with a British accent’, other times, he sounded way too old for an 8-year-old ‘Izi ponders this for a while in the peaceful surroundings of the Garden’. The dialogue was protracted in some parts and there was a lot of ‘telling’ and not enough ‘showing’; but for the illustrations, a lot would be left to the reader’s imagination. There was no real conflict in the story, no problem that required solving. In so many ways it was didactic, a series of lessons.

RATING

3.5 Stars 

TRIVIA

  1. Who/What was Larry? A flying dinosaur.
  2. What was Larry’s special power? He could travel back and forth through time!
  3. This person roared, a roar so loud and scary that Izi almost fell off Larry’s back. Goliath, the giant.
  4. ‘A tall green creature with a big round tummy, a long neck and a teensy little head.’ What was Izi describing? Larry
  5. Why did Larry and Izi travel back and forth through time and how did they do it? They travelled through time so that Larry could teach Izi about God, the Maker using some stories in the Bible. Larry blew a bubble in the air, creating a transparent wall, then he made a plus sign in the wall and they flew right through it into the stories in the bible.
  6. What was Larry’s only rule during their adventures? ‘Try not to touch anything’

Read an excerpt of the book here:

http://www.iziandlarrybooks.com/Izi_and_Larry_Chapter_One.pdf

Visit Izi and Larry here: http://www.iziandlarrybooks.com

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MOBY DICK by Herman Melville