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For me, this story was limited in prose I wanted from the Cinderella like narrative I couldn t attach myself to any of the characters 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 quite similar While I love the Creole feel in The Talking Eggs, this story is quite 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 year Thrilled I ordered it for the collection Reading Log Template 6 Non European FolktalesTitle Chinye A West African FolktaleAuthor Obi OnyefuluIllustrator Evie SafarewiczGenre Folktale, Picture book, Fairy TaleTheme s Culture, Africa, Good vs EvilOpening line sentence 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 Recommendation Review 1 Gill Roberts Books for Keeps No 97, March 1996 A West African folktale about greed and much , with beautifully expressive illustrations The sequence 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 Recommendation Review 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 motion.Response to Two Professional Reviews Both of these reviews had great assets to them that reflect the story In the first review 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 sequence of events and pictures were written and drawn so well that some of the West African words 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 story.Evaluation of Literary Elements This West African folktale is a great picture book for young 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 was 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 is a book written by Obi Onyefulu and illustrated by Evie Safarewicz The book is about a young Nigerian girl named Chinye who is forced to live with her evil stepmother and stepsister after the death of her parents Forced to labour tirelessly for her stepmother, she encounters an old woman in the forest while carrying out one of her many chores and her life is changed foreverThe story is a West African folk tale that promotes the importance of having a good heart and not being greedy Evie Safarewicz s illustrations introduce the reader to life in a typical West African village with bright, vivid imagery that add a real sense of atmosphere to the story The book is an excellent way for KS2 students to compare similarly themed stories such as Cinderella, in order to understand cultural similarities and differences On its own, it is also an excellent vehicle to stimulate conversation about right, wrong, the ways in which we treat those around us and morality in general. 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 after her father passes away When she is sent into a forest late at night a wise old woman gives her a gift Chinye s obedience pays off in the end I would use Chinye to introduce folktales Chinye can be used to explain how stories that are orally passed down can be written down I would ask students to go home and ask their parents about a story that is passed down and they can share it with the class. I know I have read a European version of this story where the good sister falls down a well and works hard for the woman she finds there and is rewarded with gold, while the evil sister tries to do the same, but is too lazy to work and ends up with tar, as I recall In this Nigerian version it is magic gourds that bring riches or poverty according to the behavior of the two sisters Vivid water color illustrations show both people and animals with wide, appealing eyes The text reads smoothly and would make a great read aloud for older children The concept may be a bit challenging for the pre school set. Genre Traditional Lit MulticulturalI liked this book It was simple and I figure it would be easy for students to use to compare and contrast with the original The story did not stray and was not too involved I would then like to find a book that is far removed with some of the same elements I would like to find a story that is multi cultural, gives students to talk about and thus to learn. I like it alot so far its very creative. 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 reward.A bunch of reviews liken this story to the Creole picture bookThe Talking Eggs , which I don t think I ve read, but certainly there are a variety of folktales in this vein I was 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 orMufaro s Beautiful Daughterswhich is in the Cinderella vein than this one on account of it having a marriage plot. `Free Epub ↛ Chinye ⇻ Poor Chinye Back And Forth Through The Forest She Goes, Fetching And Carrying For Her Cruel Stepmother But Strange Powers Are Watching Over Her How Chinye Discovers The Magic Of The Gourds And Transforms Her Life Is Enchantingly Retold In This Traditional West African Story Of Goodness, Greed, And A Treasure House Of Gold