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Too Much Talk: A West African Folktale

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A talking yam! Whoever heard of such a thing? Certainly not the farmer in this African folktale, whose yam yaks. And not the fisherman, whose fish declares that yams can speak. And what will the king say when he hears of all this foolish talk? (More important, what will his royal chair say?) Full of hubbub and hullabaloo, this traditional story from Ghana offers an ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 2nd 1995 by Candlewick
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Oct 26, 2012 Neelam rated it really liked it
Too Much Talk: A West African Folktale is a retelling of a traditional tale about a king who refuses to believe that the yams, fish, and cloth can talk until his royal throne agrees with him.
It is a story which should be encouraged to be read with children out aloud with plenty of participation from them; primarily I think it should be read as a whole class during carpet time. I encountered this book when I read it with a reception class and they seemed to absolutely love it as every talking cre
Darren Shoneye
Oct 26, 2012 Darren Shoneye rated it it was amazing
A multi-cultural society should be reflected in our classrooms, and nothing does this better than a lovely, diverse book shelf. Today, I read the last book in a series of black culture books, for the last day of 'Black History' month, and it ended on a very positive note, with this absolutely brilliant book.

'Too Much Talk: A West African Folktale', is a Ghanaian folktale where the yam talks. This sets in motion the animation of inanimate things.

Now, I just want to contextualise how celebrating
Danny Marshall
May 28, 2012 Danny Marshall rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of a Barnaby Bear Topic with my year one class. Barnaby was currently visiting Kenya and this was a text chosen for his visit for the class to study and to do work around. It is just an absolutely FANTASTIC book. There is lots of repetition in the story enabling children to get actively involved (they especially loved it when you shout the ooooiiieeeeee! sound) and to develop their speaking skills.

I have taught many lessons which come effortlessly from this story. From
Hulaimat Iyabo
Jul 25, 2012 Hulaimat Iyabo rated it it was amazing
First the yam talked, then the dog talked, then the fish talked, then the cloth talked and then the water talked. These crazy events send the villagers in disarray. They took their concerns to the chief, who vehemently dismissed their claims and threatened to throw them in jail so they all ran away.
Sat on his royal chair, the chief mocked the gibberish he had been confronted with. To his shock and horror, the chair spoke to him sending him running away, never to be seen again!
I love this book!
Jul 05, 2013 Nafis rated it it was amazing
Another excellent ive read to my class on at least two occasions is 'Too Much Talk' The book is ezxcellent because it provides so many opportunities for children to get involved in enunciating words that are continuously repeated during the story. The story also has unique illustrations and a very funny conclusion that the children in my class all know very well by now but love to hear again and again!
Dec 29, 2011 Maria rated it liked it
A funny African folktale with repetitive words - great beginner book for children. I like that the illustrator Stefano Vitale, Itialian, researched African art so he could do the pictures.
Sep 21, 2009 Elaine rated it it was amazing
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The illustrations are fantastic in this book! It would be a great story for a shared reading.
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