The Flying Tortoise: An Igbo Tale

Hardcover | April 1, 1994

byTololwa MollelIllustratorBarbara Spurll

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Mbeku the tortoise is proud of his magnificent, shiny shell - maybe too proud. Because he is so handsome, the greedy tortoise feels he can demand the biggest share of everything.

When the birds are invited to a feast in Skyland, Mbeku is determined to go with them. The tortoise even convinces the birds to help him and soon he had magnificent wings of his own. When Mbeku repays the birds with treachery, he learns he is not the only one who can play tricks.

With his spirited retelling of a traditional take from the Igbo people of Nigeria, Tololwa M. Mollel brings the crafty tortoise's schemes to a satisfying and lighthearted comeuppance.

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Traditional tales about trickster Mbeku the tortoise are favorite among the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. Lively, comical illustrations accompany this spirited retelling of a traditional tale that makes its point about selfishness while making readers laugh. Full color.

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Mbeku the tortoise is proud of his magnificent, shiny shell - maybe too proud. Because he is so handsome, the greedy tortoise feels he can demand the biggest share of everything.When the birds are invited to a feast in Skyland, Mbeku is determined to go with them. The tortoise even convinces the birds to help him and soon he had magnif...

Tololwa Mollel is a children's author, dramatist and storyteller. He grew up in Arusha Tanzania at the times when oral tradition was still alive and well. Tololwa has written over sixteen books using traditional folklore as their basis. He has worked as an actor and university theatre instructor in Tanzania and Canada, and as a writer-...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:15 pages, 4.33 × 3.35 × 0.39 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Fitzhenry & Whiteside

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195409906

ISBN - 13:9780195409901

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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Traditional tales about trickster Mbeku the tortoise are favorite among the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria. Lively, comical illustrations accompany this spirited retelling of a traditional tale that makes its point about selfishness while making readers laugh. Full color.