Author: Mabel Segun
Publisher: Mabelline Publications
Number of pages: 191
Type of Book: Fiction, African
Available here: Terrakulture Victoria Island, Lagos
Price: N 800
First off, this book was a joint winner of the NLNG prize for Children’s Literature in 2007. It is a book of 12 plays for readers aged 8 – 15. The first 8 plays are based on popular folktales about talking drums, birds and tortoises. Each play has a moral lesson or two to be learnt without being didactic. The last 4 are based on Nigerian history, heroes and heroines such as King Jaja of Opobo, Queen Moremi, the Egungun Festival of Yoruba land. This book is fun and easy to read and the plays. I recommend this for reluctant readers and children who love drama/acting.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP: The book is divided into 5 parts. The first 3 parts are guidelines on how to act each play complete with detailed information on costumes, props, scene changes, tone of voice and facial expressions, etc. These make it very easy for kids to act the plays.
- Which Igbo boy rose from the rank of slave to Head of a popular House in the Niger Delta and finally a King in Opobo? King Jaja of Opobo.
- Did Tortoise become pregnant after eating a pot of soup that was meant for his wife? Find out in The Pot of Medicine
- The theme ‘Everyday for the thief and one day for the owner’ was evident in which story? Tortoise and the Groundnut seller
- What became of the girl who was swallowed by a talking drum? Find out in The Swallowing Drum
- Which are more important, the eyes or the legs? Find out Akin’s choice in Akin, the Blind and Lame Man.
- Which popular festival in Yoruba Land started as a celebration of a mother and later became a commemoration of the ancestors? The Egungun Festival.
Visit Mabel Segun and the book here: www.mabelsegun.com
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