Inspired by Ama Karikari, who chose to teach a lesson through a children's book.
We love the mix of morals and culture in folklore and fairy tales. Some are funny. Some are scary. And all have important lessons. Here are some of our faves.
1. Sunne’s Gift
Inspired by her son's kinky hair, Ama Karikari Yawson, crafted an amazing story that celebrates the power in our uniqueness.
2. Curlilocks And The Three Pink Pandas
We love the name Curlilocks and the bright illustrations. Similar to Goldilocks and the Three Bears, this story is about a little girl who strolls into someone else's house without permission. I felt a little uncomfortable that she breaks a comb while trying to do her hair -- but overall it is a cute story written by Dr. King's daughter, Yolanda.
3. The Gospel Cinderella
Joyce Carol Thomas, puts an African American twist on the Cinderella story. This time the prince finds Cinderella because of her beautiful voice.
4. Pretty Salma
Written by Mr. Niki Daly, a white South African, this is a funny retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in Ghana.
5. The Three Witches
Our five year old loves this thriller about three hungry witches. This was an oral tale collected by Harlem Renaissance contributor Zora Neale Hurston and adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas.
6. Anansi And The Moss-Covered Rock
There are many retellings about the wise and clever Anansi. This one happens to be our five year old's favorite. Maybe it's the book’s repetition and predictability that makes her laugh.
7. Little Red and The Very Hungry Lion
Set in a safari, this version of Little Red Riding Hood is filled with silly moments. We also love that Little Red is responsible, caring, brave and clever. Written by Alex T. Smith, a white English man, I think he did a good job incorporating aspects of black culture.
Click the book covers above if you want to add these gems to your home library. For more inspirations check out The Sweet Pea Girls, Here Wee Read, the local library or local book stores.
Until next time...
Peace & Love,