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Too Small Tola

By: Atinuke

Illustrator: Onyinye Iwu

Three delightful tales from a renowned Nigerian storyteller introduce a chapter-book heroine who is every bit as mighty as she is small.

In a trio of droll stories, award-winning author and storyteller Atinuke debuts an endearing and enduring character with plenty to prove. Tola lives in an apartment in the busy city of Lagos, Nigeria, with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmommy, who is very bossy. Tola may be small, but she’s strong enough to carry a basket brimming with groceries home from the market, and she’s clever enough to count out Grandmommy’s change. When the faucets in the apartment break, it’s Tola who brings water from the well. And when Mr. Abdul, the tailor, has an accident and needs help taking his customers’ measurements, only Tola can save the day. Atinuke’s trademark wit and charm are on full display, accompanied by delightful illustrations by Onyinye Iwu. Too Small Tola evokes the urban bustle and rich blending of cultures in Lagos through the eyes of a little girl with an outsize will—and an even bigger heart.

Black-and-white illustrations. 

ISBN: 9781536211276

JLG Release: Mar 2021


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Family life , Lagos, Nigeria , Apartment buildings , Multigenerational families , Siblings , Markets , Water , Easter , Eid , Tailors , New clothes  

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-4–To everyone’s surprise, Tola is not too small to do big things. Living in Nigeria with her grandmother and siblings, Moji and Dapo, is not always easy for Tola. The family’s apartment is small and in need of a makeover, not to mention that the electricity and water situation is unpredictable. But through it all, young Tola shows she ca Gr 2-4–To everyone’s surprise, Tola is not too small to do big things. Living in Nigeria with her grandmother and siblings, Moji and Dapo, is not always easy for Tola. The family’s apartment is small and in need of a makeover, not to mention that the electricity and water situation is unpredictable. But through it all, young Tola shows she can be a big influence. When Grandmommy needs her help at the market, Tola is skeptical but is able to carry the goods home safely. The day the water runs short, Tola is not too small to figure out how to confront the local bullies, the Ododi boys, who are causing trouble by the water pump. Most of all, she proves to be a lifesaver as she stands in for Mr. Abdul, the tailor, by taking his customer’s measurements while his broken leg mends. Throughout the story we see evidence of Tola’s tight-knit and diverse community. ­VERDICT An appropriate and enjoyable beginning chapter book for young readers who are transitioning from picture books. –­Martha Rico, Yselta I.S.D., TX

Book Details

ISBN

9781536211276

First Release

March 2021

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 4/5" x 5 3/10"

Page Count

96

Accelerated Reader

Level 3.6; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Family life, Lagos, Nigeria, Apartment buildings, Multigenerational families, Siblings, Markets, Water, Easter, Eid, Tailors, New clothes, 

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Early Chapter Book

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