Teneka Howland's Reviews > Wiil Waal: A Somali Folktale

Wiil Waal by Kathleen Moriarty
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Dec 09, 09

Grades 2nd - 3rd

The story of Wiil Waal is a Somali folktale that is probably not very well known among children today. This story tells of greed and generosity, unity and division. Wiil Waal orders the village-men to bring him a part of their sheep that symbolizes what could divide or unite people. One village-man, listening to his daughter, reluctantly brought the gullet. The daughter explained her reasoning and was crown the wisest person in the village. She later became Wiil Waal's wife and ruled the land with him. Children will be intrigued by this folktale as it is different from any that they have probably heard already. The illustrations depict a culture and people that are different from what our children see everyday. This will appeal to them as well.

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Social Studies, Science

Lesson Idea:
Children could learn about the country of Somalia and its people. They could learn about its geography, agriculture, and culture.

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