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Yetunde An Ode to My Mother This is a heart warming story about the power of a mother s love truly an ode to women and mothers all over the world It is a captivating and emotional story that talks about love and loss Follow baby Yetunde as she narrates her mother s ode to her grandmother It is the Yoruba praise poetry for a mother known as the Oriki Iya Yetunde is also thrilled and delighted by the ancient Yoruba tale passed down to her by her mother about Labake, a young maiden who was kidnapped to be forced to marry a warrior chief Will Iya Labake save her child in time Is Iya Labake just a simple defenceless mother Or This is a short story dedicated to past, present and future mothers, a perfect Mother s day present This book is mostly in English and all Yoruba words are translated, so everyone can enjoy the book fully


11 thoughts on “Yetunde: An Ode to My Mother

  1. T. K. Elliott T. K. Elliott says:

    This little book only 28 pages is pure delight The narrator, who is 9 months old and obviously precociously intelligent, since she can use words like digress and transmission relates a traditional Yoruba tale told to her by her mother It s about gratitude, last chances, and the inadvisability of threatening a mother s child.It s also about Yetunde the narrator who is growing up in London, learning Yoruba alongside English as her mother tries to introduce her to her African traditional religion and heritage as well as her English Christian culture There are words and phrases of Yoruba in the book, always with a translation, and it was interesting trying to figure out the grammar rules of the short sentences.The writing has that particular lyrical flowing feel of the best traditional fairy tales, where the rhythm carries you along like a river, and the ending makes you want to see what happens in Yetunde s life next.One might think that the price is a little steep for only 28 pages of narrative, but a drink in a London pub will probably set you back and provide less enjoyment Plus, you can read the book than once


  2. Ann Chass Ann Chass says:

    A short story, drawing on a rich, Yoruba folkloric tradition, rarely found.Yetunde s mother is mourning the death of her own mother and she does so by telling little Yetunde an evocative, mystical bedtime story The story that she tells has ancient roots and, through it, we understand the power of motherhood and the links between the goddess and birth mothers We understand too, the ongoing links from mother to daughter and that this is a sacred bond This sacred bond can withstand self sacrifice and give a mother the ability to face grave dangers to protect her children A lovely story.I received a copy of this book This is my honest review.


  3. Femi Femi says:

    A true reminder of a Mothers Love.Sweetly narrated by a 9month old baby.Mothers are priceless jewels and this book has made me remember the worth of my mother and what she has done and is still doing on my behalf


  4. P. Zoro P. Zoro says:

    Too short and too sweet That says it all.Yetunde An Ode to My Mother is a narration of the natural interaction between a nine month old baby, Yetunde, and her mother It doesn t follow an orderly plot, but rather highlights the poignant moments the sadness, kisses, tears, smiles, hugs and cuddles It draws the reader into the peculiar world of a baby who understands all around her but cannot speak as yet What makes it beautiful is the evident love between mother and child and the so many ways love is expressed between two people in the absence of a common language.Yetunde s mother misses her own mother And she tries to tell her child how important a mother is She teaches her about identity and her African origins Along the way, the reader gets to appreciate Yoruba words and culture The poetry is beautiful, though it exalts the mother above the father in a harsh way Mother is gold, father is glass Ha I love the inclusion of folktale a bedtime story But the end is so abrupt I am not prepared when it comes, especially when we are just expecting an addition to the characters in the story.Want a short interesting read about a foreign place and yet something that you can identify with grab this short read.


  5. gloria piper gloria piper says:

    Here is a book that is immediately captivating for its delight One expects this is a baby s story about her mother and in honor of her mother It takes place in London, England, where Mama wants to make sure her baby learns not only English but Yoruba and Yoruba culture.I love the baby understanding, even before she learns to walk While improbable, we are charmed into suspending disbelief so we can taste the sweetness of the story We are learning as Yotunda learns, about the greatness of mothers in the Yoruba culture from Nigeria Yetunda s mother shares a poem and a traditional story, illustrating the importance of mothers.But where is the rest of the story There is none Instead, just as we expect some drama, we collide with To be continued There is no ending There is no cliff hanger.Rather than a fiction story, this is a small textbook that is incomplete It is told from the baby s point of view because the baby symbolizes the pupil, open to instruction, devoted to the teacher Her teacher is wise, blessing her pupil with lessons of love, honor, and understanding.Since this is an instruction manual, the chapters should be called lessons There should be than three, and this little textbook should not end, to be continued Rather, it can be called volume I, to be followed by other volumes It should have a glossary of terms.As it stands now, it s like paying for a feast and getting appetizers It s like a spoon of honey without the bread Yes, it is sweet it is interesting It could be much .


  6. Vesuvio Vesuvio says:

    3.5 starsYetunde is a meditation on the importance, love, and dedication of mothers It is told from the perspective of Yetunde, an infant seeing her mother as the sort of goddess all young children see their mothers as It begins with Yetunde listening to her mother and being playful together The heart of the story is actually a story within a story, the Yoruba tale of Iya Labake It tells of a mother who lost 9 of her 10 children to death, and the remaining one is taken as an unwilling wife by a warrior from a neighboring tribe This woe stricken mother gains powers reminiscent of an NK Jemisin heroine to rescue her daughter despite the odds.Yetunde is a quick, heartwarming read Despite its brief length about 30 pages , it seems a bit scattered there are bits of info that don t seem key to the narrative, and the last chapter throws in the Yoruba alphabet and ends with a cliffhanger It would actually work better as either a slightly shorter story, or a fleshed out one with an actual plot.


  7. gloria piper gloria piper says:

    Here is a book that is immediately captivating for its delight One expects this is a baby s story about her mother and in honor of her mother It takes place in London, England, where Mama wants to make sure her baby learns not only English but Yoruba and Yoruba culture.I love the baby understanding, even before she learns to walk While improbable, we are charmed into suspending disbelief so we can taste the sweetness of the story We are learning as Yotunda learns, about the greatness of mothers in the Yoruba culture from Nigeria Yetunda s mother shares a poem and a traditional story, illustrating the importance of mothers.But where is the rest of the story There is none Instead, just as we expect some drama, we collide with To be continued There is no ending There is no cliff hanger.Rather than a fiction story, this is a small textbook that is incomplete It is told from the baby s point of view because the baby symbolizes the pupil, open to instruction, devoted to the teacher Her teacher is wise, blessing her pupil with lessons of love, honor, and understanding.Since this is an instruction manual, the chapters should be called lessons There should be than three, and this little textbook should not end, to be continued Rather, it can be called volume I, to be followed by other volumes It should have a glossary of terms.As it stands now, it s like paying for a feast and getting appetizers It s like a spoon of honey without the bread Yes, it is sweet it is interesting It could be much .


  8. P. Zoro P. Zoro says:

    Too short and too sweet That says it all.Yetunde An Ode to My Mother is a narration of the natural interaction between a nine month old baby, Yetunde, and her mother It doesn t follow an orderly plot, but rather highlights the poignant moments the sadness, kisses, tears, smiles, hugs and cuddles It draws the reader into the peculiar world of a baby who understands all around her but cannot speak as yet What makes it beautiful is the evident love between mother and child and the so many ways love is expressed between two people in the absence of a common language.Yetunde s mother misses her own mother And she tries to tell her child how important a mother is She teaches her about identity and her African origins Along the way, the reader gets to appreciate Yoruba words and culture The poetry is beautiful, though it exalts the mother above the father in a harsh way Mother is gold, father is glass Ha I love the inclusion of folktale a bedtime story But the end is so abrupt I am not prepared when it comes, especially when we are just expecting an addition to the characters in the story.Want a short interesting read about a foreign place and yet something that you can identify with grab this short read.


  9. Alex Alex says:

    This is the first book I ve ever read where the narration is from the perspective of nine month old While most children of that age still consider their toes fascinating, Yetunde engages in advanced storytelling It works for this book though Who better then a baby, for whom their mother is their whole world, to narrate a story about a mom.This book is an amazing work Its not just about mom but its about family and heritage Its about the home she lives in now and the place her family used to call home.Segilola Salami captures emotions beautifully in this book The sadness Yetunde s mother feels at the loss of her own mother Yetunde s grandmother comes through as genuine Anyone who has lost a mother will not only relate to what comes across on the pages, but begin to feel their own loss all over in a bittersweet sort of way.In just 28 pages Salami artfully paints a picture of the near spiritual bond between mother and child as well as family and heritage Readers who are not stirred by this book probably don t have a heart.


  10. Vesuvio Vesuvio says:

    3.5 starsYetunde is a meditation on the importance, love, and dedication of mothers It is told from the perspective of Yetunde, an infant seeing her mother as the sort of goddess all young children see their mothers as It begins with Yetunde listening to her mother and being playful together The heart of the story is actually a story within a story, the Yoruba tale of Iya Labake It tells of a mother who lost 9 of her 10 children to death, and the remaining one is taken as an unwilling wife by a warrior from a neighboring tribe This woe stricken mother gains powers reminiscent of an NK Jemisin heroine to rescue her daughter despite the odds.Yetunde is a quick, heartwarming read Despite its brief length about 30 pages , it seems a bit scattered there are bits of info that don t seem key to the narrative, and the last chapter throws in the Yoruba alphabet and ends with a cliffhanger It would actually work better as either a slightly shorter story, or a fleshed out one with an actual plot.


  11. Stephanie @ TeacherofYA Stephanie @ TeacherofYA says:

    I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review This is a very short story about 26 pages from the point of view of a very young child listening to her mother tell her a story about a Yoruban daughter that is abducted Though it wasn t something I would personally choose to read on my own, it was a sweet reminder of the mother daughter connection I have no children, but I can imagine the passion behind the story and the strength of a mother s love.This story is suited to a younger audiencemaybe a fable for 3rd 6th grade It s a moving storybut I think it s geared for children rather than adults The tale has an interesting part where the Yoruban alphabet is used to teach a child I found that quite informative.Once again Not my genre or type PERSONALLY, but good for younger audiences.I enjoyed the story Could also make a great read aloud picture book Very nice concept and executed well.Thank you to the author for allowing me to RaR this book I recommend to all who enjoy fables and tales from other cultures.