Tola may be small, but she is very, very determined!
Tola lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister Moji, who is very clever, her brother, Dapo, who is very fast, and her Grandmummy, who is very bossy – and everyone says Tola is too small! But Tola proves to be stronger than she seems; helping Grandmummy carry a full basket back from the market, bringing water from the well when the taps don’t work, and even saving the day when Mr Abdul needs help with his business.
Tola is a wonderful new character in the world of children's books from multi-award-winning storyteller Atinuke. The three stories in the collection are brimming with empathy and love for family and community, a brilliant early chapter book for young readers, determined like Tola!
Atinuke was born in Nigeria and spent her childhood in both Africa and the UK. As a traditional oral storyteller, drawing upon her recent Yoruba ancestry, she visits schools and theatres all over the world. Atinuke is the author of the bestselling Anna Hibiscus fiction series, as well as the No. 1 Car Spotter series, and the picture books Baby Goes to Market and B Is for Baby. Atinuke lives on a mountain overlooking the sea in west Wales and supports the charity SOS Children's Village. Visit her online at http://atinuke-author.weebly.com/.
Photo credit: Paul Musso
Onyinye Iwu is a secondary school teacher and freelance illustrator. She was born in Italy to Nigerian parents and moved to the UK as a teenager. Onyinye’s passion is illustration and she has practiced as a freelance illustrator and designer for 8 years working on a range of design briefs and projects but mainly focusing on the representation of people of African and Caribbean background in publishing, media and the arts. Onyinye is passionate about celebrating diversity and her culture. Onyinye loves African literature, African history, children’s books and graphic novels. Onyinye lives, teaches and draws in London, UK.
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