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Only Bread for Eze

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Title: Only Bread for Eze

Author: Ifeoma Okoye

Publisher: Farafina Tuuti

Number of pages: 16

Type of Book: Fiction; African

Age: 2 – 6

Available here: https://www.mobiashara.com/Farafina/only-bread-eze; http://www.amazon.com/Only-Bread-Eze-Ifeoma-Okoye/dp/9784801213

Price: N300; $3.58

MY SUMMARY

There was once a little boy, his name was Eze. He liked to eat only bread.”

In the Eze series, Eze, the protagonist is a little boy who wants what he wants when he wants it. At first, he didn’t want to go to school, read ‘No School for Eze’ to find out the sidesplitting way his mum took care of that problem and without the normal shouting and flogging that was the norm for the mums of my mum’s generation or the ‘ignoring’ and ‘naughty corner’ that is the norm for the mums of my generation. In this book, Eze’s father is the genius. Eze decides that he doesn’t like garri or anything else for that matter, he’d rather eat bread. Angry, Eze’s dad grants Eze’s wish. Read the book to find out how Eze’s dad cures him of his love for ‘only bread’.

This book brings reminds me of the saying, ‘Be careful what you wish for ‘cos you just might get it’

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humour! I had a good laugh. Darling Eze’s refusal to eat garri reminded me of my own childhood. I couldn’t understand the mums’ fixation with ‘daily lunchtime garri’ 🙂

The book teaches young children the importance of discipline without being didactic. It is very easy to read. Another highlight was the reference to typical Nigerian meals: rice and stew, beans and plantain, yam, gar and okro soup, etc. I recommend this book for beginning readers.

DOWN: Warning: Eze’s dad’s idea may not work at home (at least not in the same way), simply because, most kids, unlike Eze may not give up quickly. My son, for example, would have stuck it out for a full day at least. I wont explain in detail. Buy the book for your beginning reader or read it to your toddler *wink wink*

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Eze’s favourite food in the world. Bread!

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  • Team the reading experience with a review of your child’s food choices.
  • Watch a video of the book reading here:

CHALLENGE: Only Bread for Eze

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

What do you like eating?

  1. Draw and name three things you like eating (5-6 year oldsOR
  1. Draw two things you like eating (4 year oldsOR
  2. Draw or name one thing you like eating. (2-3 year olds)

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 6 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 Wednesday, March 2nd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES by Hans Christian Andersen

 

 

No School for Eze

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Title: No School for Eze

Author: Ifeoma Okoye

Publisher: Farafina Tuuti

Number of pages: 16

Type of Book: Fiction; African

Age: 2 – 6

Available here: https://www.mobiashara.com/Farafina/no-school-eze

Price: N300

MY SUMMARY

What would you say to your (hale and hearty) child if he woke up one day and began to cry, “Mummy, I don’t want to go to school today, let me stay at home with you.”

Most mums would give the child a good talking-to, some would ignore him, and others would laugh. My mum would give you a stern look and you’d rid yourself of the idea as quickly as you got it. I would probably do the same to my child and kiss my teeth in a very long and drawn out manner for good measure.

Not Eze’s mother. In this book, she let him stay at home with her. I was gobsmacked. My first thought was, ‘What kind of mother is this?’ but a few pages into the book, I was laughing my head off.

After spending the day with his mum, Eze realized he’d rather go to school than stay at home. In fact, on the last page, he shouted, “I hate staying at home, I like school better.”

Read the book to find out how Eze’s mother (in the funniest and most positive way) cured Eze of his dislike for school and his love for staying at home!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This book is the second book in the ‘Eze’ series. The Eze series feature the little boy Eze, who rarely ever wants to do what is expected of him or what his parents want. He is the run-of-the-mill troublesome child with aesthetic rather than functional ears. Buy the series to learn how his parents manage him.

The Eze series teach important lessons in discipline without being didactic.

This book is perfect for the little boy or girl who is just becoming an independent reader. It is also a good read aloud for toddlers.

DOWN: Critics have complained that Eze’s mum is not exactly role-model material, as she seems to do only household chores all day and expressly states that she wishes she could leave the chores and go to school.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. Ask your child to count the number of chores Eze did in the book.

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Team the reading experience with a chore-trial fete. Introduce your child to as many household chores as possible: washing plates, doing the laundry, cooking, sweeping and dusting, clearing the table, tidying his room, bed-making, etc., and help him decide which ones he can do everyday.

CHALLENGE: No School for Eze

CREATE (WRITE AND/OR DRAW)

  1. List five household chores that you can do. Make a collage of pictures of these chores.

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 4 – 6 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 Wednesday, December 23rd2015. 

Next Book of the Week:

CLEVER SQUIRREL AND THE WEDDING COMPETITION by Yusuf .M. Adamu

 

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