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The Lion's Share/Qayb Libaax: A Somali Folktale

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A group of hungry animals work together to kill a big, fat camel, but when the lion in charge asks how to divide the meat, the hyena makes the mistake of suggesting a fair share for all. The furious lion attacks the hyena, and the other animals then give the ruler so much that there is little left for them. "The lion's share is not fair," is the stark message.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by IGI Distributors (first published November 1st 2006)
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This book is a treasure. It is entirely bilingual (English and Somali). The art complements the fable perfectly. Each two-page fold includes the English text on one page and the Somali text on the other. I love this because it shows the words nearly side by side for comparison in length and complexity. (Somali takes up much more space.)

The fable is an example of the misuse of power. The lion is the king of the animal world and believes he deserves a significant share of the wealth, or in this ca
Anneke Alnatour
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
So the story wasn't the greatest, though it wasn't bad either, but I think having books like these, with both Somali (or other minority languages) and English texts are very important!

I actually recommended this book to some Somali mothers I work with, they were super excited about this, though I had to give them the news too, that this is the only Somali language book that our library carries...

You can't have it all!
CreateEveryday Classroom
I wish this story was more captivating or provided a more teachable moment.
I DO appreciate this particular retelling (because of the Minnesota connection), bilingual text and the geography lesson that can be incorporated, however.
David Smith
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Interesting Somali children's story.
Apr 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
A fable about a greedy lion told in english & somali...lacks poetic justice (the lion gets away with being a greedy jerk)...Somali Binlingual Book Project ...more
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