January 13, 2016

Yetunde The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London

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Yetunde The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London by Segilola Salami book cover


Yetunde The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London is a series of stories that follows the every day life of 6 month old Yetunde as she’s narrated African folktales by her mom Iya Yetunde whilst growing up in London. Iya Yetunde also tries to improve her Yoruba speaking ability, so we see a nice mish mash of Yoruba and English. The folktales are of West African origin.

The book has been written in such a way that it can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. Adults can read the book for their own enjoyment or as bedtime stories for kids ages 3-8 (even younger). Older children can read the book by themselves as it is also a suitable kids books ages 9-12. Each story has a moral lesson with colourful illustrations for early readers


You can buy the paperback directly from any good book retailer by quoting ISBN-13: 978-0993444609


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Editorial Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

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Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba girl in London by Segilola Salami is a West African folktale that highlights the love shared between a mother and daughter. Yetunde does not speak English very well – she is more familiar with Yoruba – and in this story she shares her day to day life in London with readers. Each chapter ends with a story told by her mother, which has an interesting moral too. These simple stories are educational and informative to readers and will guide them to learn more about the importance of morals, values, and ethics. The story also introduces kids to another culture and language.

I found the book adorable and children will love Yetunde and the stories. The illustrations are delightful and will leave readers wishing for more. These stories are a good way to teach kids about values and morals in life. It’s an excellent bedtime storybook for parents and grandparents to read to kids. The book can also be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.

Stories that convey morals and messages are good for young readers as they can understand the message and the concept when narrated with the help of a story and pictures. Yetunde’s life is tangible and kids can relate well to it. The book is unique and original with the idea of sharing life’s first lessons with readers in an engaging way.