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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Proverbs are insightful and wise sayings passed down to the younger generation from the old. In Yoruba Culture: Volume I by Sisi Tosin, children are introduced to the Yoruba culture through proverbs that will guide them to build their characters, values, morals, and ethics. The author has the meaning of the proverb next to it, which makes it easier for children to understand it properly. The proverbs not only tell children about the wise sayings of Yorubaland, but they also reflect the culture, common language, and history of the people living there. Some of the proverbs are unique, while some of the proverbs listed in the book are universal. Read the book to learn some wonderful proverbs that can add color and value to life and living.
I like the layout of the book and the way in which the author explains each proverb to young readers. The illustrations accompanying each proverb are charming and they make the book appealing to readers. What a good way to introduce children to proverbs! It is a good storybook to have in one’s personal collection, and teachers and educators can read it out in classrooms to help children understand good values, ethics, and morals. It is a great book to spread wise sayings from olden times and pick up African proverbs, and children can try to interpret the meanings of the proverbs after reading them. The book is encouraging and will also appeal to adults who want to learn about African proverbs.