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Subira Subira

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  13 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
When Tatu finds she can do nothing to improve her little brother's hateful behavior and make him happy again, she goes to an old spirit woman for help. The spirit woman tells Tatu that to cure Maulidi, she must pluck three whiskers from a lion! Armed only with a song, Tatu steals out into the moonlit night to undertake her impossible task. Acclaimed storyteller Tololwa M. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 17th 2000 by Clarion Books (first published 2000)
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Courtney Weber
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This is the first book I read from a different culture for our C&T344 class. It was much different than I thought it would be. This book opened my eyes to stories from different parts of the world. I actually really enjoyed the fable type story that Subira Subira is. Although it seems quite interesting with the woman of the forest and the chanting songs that they sing, it actually teaches ideas and lessons that any book of the United States would as well.

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Jul 04, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2009, africa
This is an inspiring story, more of a folktale, that begins with sadness. Tatu and Maulidi's mother has died and their father has to work long hours away from them to support them. The care of her brother before and after school falls to Tatu, but he is angry and belligerent. She turns to the wise Spirit woman, MaMzuka, to help her find a way to reach her angry brother. The wisdom MaMzuka shares with Tatu is one that many of us can benefit from - that kindness, patience and a sweet song are much ...more
Aug 03, 2012 Matthew rated it liked it
I liked this story though I wonder why so much weight was put on the girl's shoulders. I understand tough times for families, but it seemed like this was a bit much for this girl. I wish the father in the story had taken better control of the young boy. The young boy was being obnoxious and intolerable and yet it seemed that the sister had to solve problem rather than the adult using wisdom and patience to solve everything. It turned out that it was quite a learning experience for the girl, but ...more
Dec 06, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The colors and pictures of this book are breathtaking. The story is a Tanzanian folklore and also contains a song. This could be recommended to a teacher that is interested in international folklore. I thought multi-culturalism was appropriatly handled avoiding stereotypes.
It's a sweet story, teaches siblings an alternative to fighting with each other. While I didn't love the style of the illustrations, they are quite colorful and vibrant.
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Education: University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, BA, literature and theater, 1972; University of Alberta, Canada, MA, drama, 1979, PhD, drama, 2001-.
Memberships: Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers; Society of Children's Book Writers; Writers Guild of Alberta; Alberta Legion of Encouraging Storytelling.


University lecturer, director of children's theater and
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