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Yetunde: The Life and Times of a Yoruba Girl in London

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Yetunde 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.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published October 16th 2015 by Segilola Publishing (first published August 16th 2015)
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J.P. Willson
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
To be completely honest, this is not something I would even attempt to read to a child simply because I did not understand it myself. A portion of the book is in another 'made up' language that was not really translated to the point of understanding. The morals of the stories would not be comprehended in my opinion by younger children unless fully explained by the reader thus taking away from the point of reading the story in the first place. Illustrations were few, again taking away from the ex ...more
E.M. Swift-Hook
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Stories for Yoruba children

‘The tortoise was a wise and cunning animal, but one day he decided that he would like to be the wisest animal in the world.’

This book tells us the story of Yetunde - a baby who speaks only the language of angels so her mother and Aunt Zainab can’t understand her. Frustrating for a baby! We dip between nappy changes and feed times (from Yetunde’s point of view) and buggy rides and a trip to the swimming pool. Oh and the wonderful Nigerian folk stories that Yetunde is t
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Chris Heidlebaugh
What an amazing book! I truly did not want to put it down!

And I do believe its true... "No one person can have all of the wisdom in the world!"

Such an amazing work of art and I believe the author did an amazing job!
Vasudha Uttam
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked this book.

In starting it doesn't catch my interest but later, the folk stories and baby's viewpoint to see the things, intrigued me.

Good moral at end of each story!


Kilby Blades
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The concept for this book was very cute: it was meant to be a look into the daily consciousness of a baby girl living in London. Whereas our society tends to think of babies as not hip to what's going on around them, our protagonist here is a savvy little thing. The primary entertainment value of the book is intended to be anecdotes told by the baby--stream-of-consciousness-style observations that feature mommy, milk, and a favorite aunt. The final element of this book is small handful of folk t ...more
Richard Becker
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so much more than just a ‘children’s book.’ It is an excellent look into both the mind and life of a baby. Yes, I wrote baby, and you need to read this book. It is well worth your time, and [now or later] your child’s time.

The set-up: we are transported into a few days in the life of a baby, narrated by the baby herself. No, this is not like the “Look Who’s Talking” movies. This story is fun and realistic; the baby’s narration is age appropriate but interesting to adults; and the events
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Emma Jaye
I liked this little book, but I found it a little confusing. It isn't a book for children, despite the cover, but its target audience appears to be limited to people who speak Yoruba and there was quite a lot if dialogue in that language, which wasn't usually translated.
The book follows the daily life, a very ordinary daily life of a typical six month old girl and her mother living in London. Baths, dinner, visits to the swimming pool, nappy changes and the layout of her small flat home. I think
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Jane Blythe
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story is an interesting mix of life as seen through a six month old baby, and West African folktales. I have to say I much preferred the West African folktales, they were interesting little stories with a moral, an interesting way to teach kids about things such as kindness, ungratefulness, keeping promises, greed, manipulation and lying. It also teaches about the Yoruba language, an interesting addition to the book. The bits of the book that were focused on the baby Yetunde's day to day li ...more
Ana Meyer
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this children's book. I love old fables and they were told in a creative and unique way. I wish there had been more illustrations to go along with the story but the lack of them did not take away from the quality of the book. The only thing I struggled with is the language used in parts of the book, it wasn't translated so I wasn't sure what the character was saying. However the story flows enough that you can get the main idea of what the character were saying without knowing t ...more
P.S. Winn
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book that teaches the same type of morals as say an Aesop Fable would. I found it interesting and a good read, the morals were cute and well told. I have a bit of a problem with a 6 month old telling the story, and find when the actual short morals are told the story flows better, but because the tales are fun and well written, this book gets a 4 star review. It is a plus for readers to get a look into a different culture and language.
Jack Anderson
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Segilola Salami uses an entertaining story to teach sound principles to young children. The story is narrated by baby Yetunde. This would be a great bedtime story. I would recommend the other book in this series as well. Yetunde: An Ode to My mother
Claire
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recap: Yetunde tells the reader about her day, from her point of view as a baby and interspersed with traditional African folktales.

Review: A rather odd little book. I enjoyed the folktales more than the baby prose which was a bit unexpected and at times felt ridiculous. I was also disappointed that the Yoruba dialogue wasn't translated, I don't mind having a foreign language in a book I'm reading but I do like to know what it's saying. I understand what the author was trying to do, mix traditio
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Gina Schwartz
Sep 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
I did not understand the point of this book.
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