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December 14, 2013

THE TURTLE'S SHELL Mama's Tales of Kanji by Vincent Eke

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Mama's Tales of Kanji
Volume One
Vincent Eke

The Turtle's Shell

(from Goodreads)
The Turtle's Shell tells the story of Tobi, a smart turtle who thinks he can get away with deceiving his friends. He ends up learning a few shell cracking lessons. This friendly easy-to-read book shows children how our everyday actions and decisions always consequences. This story also draws attention to the nuggets of wisdom embedded in African cultural stories which can be emulated by any child whatever their racial background.

The book launching of The Turtle’s Shell (Mama’s Tales of Kanji) took place on Wednesday 23 October 2013 at 11am in the Cork City Libraries HQ in Grand Parade, Cork, Ireland. The book was launched by Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine. He was supported by Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City Joe O’Callaghan. The launch was opened with a word of exhortation and prayer by Reverend Nick Cassidy of the Cork Church.

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Vincent Eke reading an excerpt from THE TURTLE'S SHELL
at the book launch.

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Vincent Eke, Author,
 Joe O’Callaghan, Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork
 Simon Coveney, Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine

The author uses a little humor and adds a small pinch of suspense in dealing with greed versus sharing. Tobi is a smart turtle and when there was a famine in the land of the animals,and the animals didn't understand why the villagers didn't have the same problem Tobi finds a solution. The problem is he  keeps everything for himself and won't share with his friends.Tobi will soon find out that his end is coming. Mama,from the Kanji village. which is in the northern part of Nigeria. The village people especially the children admired Mama.  They would  ask her while sitting under the stars, for her to tell of Tobi's adventures.
The story has so many good qualities, it's funny, exciting and is fast paced.  This book is the first in Mr. Eke's children's series of Mama's Tales of Kanji.  The essence of the book comes from childhood African folklore stories he heard.
Mr. Eke wrote an amazing story that not only is fun to read but has lessons to be learned, sharing, not lying and to be kind to others. The story teaches that there are consequences for all our actions. The author's next book is THE GOLDEN BIRD. This would be a wonderful addition to your child's bookshelf.  A book that can be read over and over and it enforces the lessons.

I would give this book 4 TURTLES.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE TURTLE'S SHELL from the author, Vincent Eke for my personal opinion.  No other compensation was received.

Vincent Eke considers it no coincidence that he was blessed with the gifts of writing, teaching, making people laugh and being a good human. Vincent Eke is a professional children’s book writer, blogger and website developer. In addition to Mama’s Tales of Kanji - The Turtle’s Shell, his debut early reader-grade fantasy adventure storybook, he has also written another children’s picture book in this series, The Golden Bird and a new forthcoming series. The Adventures of the Lovejoys for Lionpen Publishing, which he established.


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