Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links and is a review of a children’s book that I was asked to share. Although compensated, all opinions are that of my own.
When it comes to teaching children life lessons, there’s nothing like the power of storytelling to do it through children’s books. Growing up in an African household, culture played a major role in how we were taught and how we learned. My siblings and I grew up in the performing arts and traveled the country performing in a professional East African dance troop. Although I’ve never been fluent in my native language, I can remember the songs that I learned from when I was just a young kid – songs about fishing, love, marriage, and greetings.
I learned the most about my culture through the storytelling we would learn through song and dance. Now that my husband and I have children of our own and we homeschool, it’s important to me that we pass on our heritage (my husband’s family is Haitian) to our children. So when I heard about this book, Christian African Folktales, I was excited to review it, and read it with the kids. The fact that this book is based off of Christian principles was most important to me.
This is not a book with a lot of pictures, but it is a book with a lot of value and substance. It teaches the virtues of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, righteousness in a manner that is fun and easy for young kids to comprehend. It also made for a great discussion opportunity with our son who is six. We were able to have him read the book aloud to his younger sisters and also draw pictures and short sentences about what he learned from the stories.
So if you’re looking for a way to teach your kids these virtues from the Fruit of the Spirit, then I would definitely recommend this book. I think my kids most enjoyed the use of the many types of animals throughout the book. From rabbits learning about joy to owls understanding how to find peace, it’s a great way to demonstrate these virtues for young children.
About the author:
Ike Ugochuku has been a Christian since he was 4yrs old. He has a first degree in Engineering and an MBA from Seton Hall University. Ike is married to a beautiful wife and best friend and they have three children whom they homeschool. Ike works as an entrepreneur and IT consultant and has managed a number of successful ventures. He has also published two other books; one in IT and the other is Christian called “Christ My Life” where he talks about intimacy and friendship with God.