- Book Style: Storybook from Nigeria – Folk-tale for Toddlers
- Reading Level: 3 (Read with Help due to: longer and complex story, some vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 10-12 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Authentic Nigerian, cartoonish
Nwogori The Bead Child is a Nigerian folk-lore story that’s been passed through many generations. From a western individual’s perspective, it’s a truly unique story. My little toddler and I found it was a lot of fun and was quite engaging.
When you’re buying an independently published book, you’re never exactly sure what to expect. This book was no different and as I read through the introduction, I was worried that maybe the book would be a little bit too heavy of a book for my little guy. However, in the end, we found a great story and I truly understand why this story is passed down through each generation.
The story itself quickly lured in both my son and I. The protagonist, the mother of Nwogori, is warned that she should never touch some very valuable beads. In the end, starvation essentially drives her to trade in just one of the beads and thus the warning becomes reality. I won’t ruin the entire story for you, but suffice it to say that my toddler worried immediately about both the mother and Nwogori. This is great to see, as I know he was engaged in reading the story.
The illustrations are a little different than what you’d expect in most Western literature; in the case of this story, that’s not a bad thing. The illustrations fit with the story extremely well and they’re very interesting to look at. They have that uniquely Nigerian quality to them and again that makes this a really different experience for you and your child.
For the low price of $2.99 USD on Amazon, it’s pretty easy to recommend a story like this. You can read it on your Kindle, Kindle App, or PC extremely quickly and easily. Here’s the link:
Thanks for reading,