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Ew Roberts spoke about the key themes in Chinye which is greed innocence and good and evil In addition I agreed with when Roberts said that the seuence of events and pictures were written and drawn so well that Some Of The West African of the West African that were hard to tell what they meant didn t matter as much because we were still able to understsand the meaning In addition for Courtot s review I liked how she spoke about the vibrant watercolor of the pictures throughout the book that resulted in the mood and motion of the story I agreed with this because once I saw the pictures they definitely played the mood of the events that happened in the storyEvaluation of Literary Elements This West African folktale is a great picture book for oung readers Even though it is a West African tale and might be hard for students to be able to relate culturally Onyefulu does a great job of making the story easy to Relate For Readers In Addition Throughout The Whole Story There for readers In addition throughout the whole story there a balance of good vs evil and goodness vs selfishness between Chinye and her stepmom and sister The whole time I was rooting for Chinye and was nervous that something bad was going to happen to her However at the end of the story everything worked out in her favor like the way it should have Onyefulu did a great job of making the end of the story unexpected and had readers think Consideration of Instructional Application Chinye is a West African folktale that many students were never aware of prior to reading this book However I think this book is a great asset to have in the classroom This is because it is a culturally diverse book and it is easy to comprehend the meaning This story is also very similar to the fairytale Cinderella The teacher will explain how this story is similar to Cinderella after reading Chinye out loud in class Students will talk about the similarities and differences between both stories and then act out a play that combines both stories This is what we did in LLED 402 when we re made a fairytale This will have the kids be creative and make the fairytale somewhat cultural Chinye by Obi Onyefulu illustrated by Evie Safarewicz 1994 Oh my where has this book been I ve loved sharing another book The Talking Eggs by Robert D San Souci illustrated by Jerry Pinkney for YEARS one of my FAVORITE read alouds ever I absolutely love exaggerating how the head is removed from the body ok won t give away anything but I love that story that students and I compare with the traditional Cinderella story they ve heard before NOW I ve met this book Chinye which is uite similar While I love the Creole feel in The Talking Eggs this story is uite beautifully set in West Africa with gourds instead of eggs You don t get to know the characters as well but there s still a fantastic story woven throughout I hope to share this with students next ear Thrilled I ordered it for the collection Chinye is a Nigerian folktale Chinye is similar to the Cinderella story It is about a little girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsister Strange powers are watching over her How Chinye discovers the magic of the gourds and transforms her life. I was hoping this would have of Chinye being actively kind to the forest creatures instead of them just taking pity on her though the story does retain the element of the wicked stepsister not heeding instructions and thus reaping calamity instead of rewardA bunch of reviews liken this story to the Creole picture book The Talking Eggs which rewardA bunch of reviews liken this story to the Creole picture book The Talking Eggs which don t think I ve read but certainly there are a variety of folktales in this vein I don t think I ve read but certainly there are a variety of folktales in this vein I thinking of Diamonds and Toads God bless the Internet where I could Google folktale mouth jewels lizards and have the thing I was thinking of be the first hit or Mufaro s Beautiful Daughters which is in the Cinderella vein than this one on account of it having a marriage plot Reading Log Template 6 Non European FolktalesTitle Chinye A West African FolktaleAuthor Obi OnyefuluIllustrator Evie SafarewiczGenre Folktale Picture book Fairy TaleThemes Culture Africa Good vs EvilOpening linesentence Long ago there lived a girl named Chinye Brief Book Summary This story is mainly about a girl with the name of Chinye Both of Chinye s parents passed away so she lived with her stepmother and stepsister Her stepmother made Chinye find water so she could cook a dinner While she went by the stream to get water random animals and people see her and make Chinye extremely scared However she ends up being fine and once she gets home a stranger suprises her The stranger gives her the gold and said whoever chooses well will get the gold Chinye ends up getting the gold and is able to live the life she had deserved to live Professional RecommendationReview 1 Gill Roberts Books for Keeps No 97 March 1996 A West African Folktale West African folktale greed and much with beautifully expressive illustrations The seuence of events is related simply and effectively so that difficulty with some pronunciations is completely unimportant and appreciation of Chinye s innocence goodness and selflessness and the danger of her journey is heightened Examples of good and evil can be clearly classified and resolved in a whirlwind of flashing light and clapping thunder A magical and moral masterpiece Year 2 children soaked this up with obvious understanding and delightProfessional RecommendationReview 2 Marilyn Courtot Children s Literature This is a Nigerian folktale that pits the goodness of Chinye against the greed of her stepmother and stepsister When she is sent into the forest at night to fetch water she is terrified of the predators but they recognize her plight and render assistance Suddenly an old woman appears and tells her to visit a nearby hut and to take only the most modest of the gourds Chinye does as she is told and when the gourd is smashed open riches pour forth Her lazy stepsister is urged by her mother to visit the same hut but ignoring the old woman s advice she and her mother lose everything The vibrant watercolor art fills each two page spread and conveys the mood and motionResponse to Two Professional Reviews Both of these reviews had great assets to them that reflect the story In the first revi. Poor Chinye Back and forth through the forest she goes fetching and carrying for her cruel stepmother But.

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