MESSAGE: Author Juliet Tumoe Samura
AN AUTHOR is hoping to use the traditions of African storytelling to help children learn how to work together.
Juliet Tumoe Samura’s new book Animal Town has already proven to be a hit with young readers after it was launched on World Book Day.
The book draws on the continent’s tradition of using animals to convey the main characters and themes of a story.
Now the London based writer is hoping to expand on her success through talks and events to promote the book’s message later this year.
“Animal Town highlights the fact that despite their differences, the animals in the story all come together in love and friendship to live in harmony,” she said. “I’m passionate about children learning this lesson. If the animals in the book can care for one another and are able to help each other out when the need arises in difficult times and in good times, then there is a lot children can learn from that growing into teenagers and eventually adulthood. I want the story to help children realize that the strong should help the weak to advance and that there is hope for every child.”
She added: “Every child is blessed with a gift and can become important and also contribute to the society for self-esteem, solving problems and having confidence in themselves.”