Books for Children

Readers' Theatre: Twelve Plays for Young People

Lagos, Mabelline Publications, 2006

Readers' Theatre: Twelve Plays for Young People

Readers' Theatre is an effective and exciting means of giving young people practice using language in a natural way without having to memorize lines. It does not require a special stage and costumes are not necessary, while props are very simple. Since Readers' Theatre does not require much preparation and acting, young people are able to read more and, through practice acquire reading fluency. They also develop social skills through the co-operative effort of reading and sharing literary experiences and enjoyment.

Some of the plays in this book are based on folktales while others are about Nigerian historical, legendary and fictional heroes and heroines who have had to face certain challenges. The character-building themes and the inspiring role models make these plays particularly suitable for young people aged between eight and fifteen.

The Twins and the Tree Spirits

The Twins and the Tree Spirits

Ibadan, Heinemann Educational Books, 2004. First published by the Children's Literature, Documentation and Research Centre in 1991.

The twins and the, Tinu and Tola are spending their school holidays with their grand father who lives in a wooded area. They become friendly with two tree spirits, Oroko Spirit and Erike Spirit with whom they talk since they understand "Tree Talk". But Oroko Spirit and Erike Spirit are always quarrelling because Oroko bullies Erike. When the tall Oroko Tree falls in a storm, Erike Spirit, whose tree is short, rejoices at the downfall of his enemy - until he finds himself in trouble.

The First Corn

The First Corn

Lagos, Longman, 1989

The First Corn is an exciting story of how man got his first seed of corn. the vocabulary is graded and the story is rendered in simple and conversational English. Its beautiful and vivid illustrations make it a most interesting bedtime storybook. It is also an appealing and easy-to-understand reading book for children.

My Mother's Daughter My Mother's Daughter

Ibadan, African Universities Press, 1986

This is an absorbing story of a Nigerian woman who looks back on the joys, fears, and sorrows of her childhood days with implicit depth of gratitude to her childhood days with implicit depth and gratitude to her widowed mother to whom she feels overwhelmingly indebted for fighting against the forces of circumstances to set her on the right track to her present social status.

Olu and the Broken StatueOlu and the Broken Statue

Ibadan, New Horn Press, 1985

Olu, Ikem and Aigbe have a lot in common. They are friends, they attend the same school and they play in their school band. In order to raise funds to buy new musical instruments for the band, their headmaster asks the students to go out and do odd jobs. The group that earns the highest amount is to win a prize. Olu and his two friends form themselves into a group and it is during one of their rounds that they have their adventure with the broken statue, which turns out to be a valuable piece of antiquity. This is a thriling story which has a cultural interest.

Under the Mango Tree: Book 1

Under the Mango Tree, Books 1 and 2 (edited with Neville Grant)

London, Longman Group Limited, 1980

Under the Mango Tree present a stimulating new course in reading and studying poetry at the primary level. The course contains a carefully graded selection of poems. Some old favourites are included, but the main emphasis is on new material related to the experience of children in Africa. The Teacher's notes inlcude ideas for presenting the poems in class and suggestions for follow-up activities: acting, drawing and guided writing.

My Father's DaughterMy Father's Daughter

Lagos, African Universities Press, 1965

This story captures the essence of life in a small, rural society at the transitional stage between an animist past and a technological future. Unlike most of the works set in transitional African societies, the emphasis is not the stock-in-trade culture-clash. The focus here is on the balance which the community strives to achieve between man and nature, between man and man, regardless of differences in religious or cultural belief, and between parents and their offspring.