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Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls


Series
Too Small Tola

by
Atinuke
illustrated by
Onyinye Iwu

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Candlewick
Imprint
Candlewick
ISBN
9781536225174
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Too Small Tola is back—and as determined as ever—in a second trio of winning stories about a diminutive heroine with a big-big heart.

Acclaimed author and storyteller Atinuke reunites with illustrator Onyinye Iwu for a follow-up to their highly acclaimed first chapter book about a little girl with a mighty will and charm to spare. Too Small Tola lives in an apartment with her clever sister, Moji; her big brother, Dapo; and Grandmommy, who is very bossy. In the first of three endearing new adventures, Tola is sized just right to wriggle under the bed and rescue Grandmommy’s prized possession when it goes missing. Her savvy and math skills save the day when Grandmommy gets sick, and when the family can’t afford new clothes, industrious Tola finds a way—with a little help from Grandmommy—to be just as fine as the three fine girls she so greatly admires. Richly patterned black-and-white art and Atinuke’s captivating wit evoke an authentic and close-knit urban community and the vibrant energy of Lagos, Nigeria, through the eyes of a tiny but resolute heroine with something to teach us all.

Black-and-white digital illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

96

Dewey

E

AR

3.5: points 1

Lexile

610L

Genre

Fic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2023

Book Genres

Early Chapter Book

Topics

Family life. Lagos, Nigeria. Apartment buildings. Multigenerational families. Grandmothers. Siblings. Black people. Self-esteem and self-reliance. Jobs and employment. Money. 

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Library Journal

Gr 2-4-It can be a challenge being the youngest of three; luckily Tola has enough spunk and ingenuity to face any problem that comes her way. Tola lives with her older sister, Moji; brother, Dapo; and grandmother in Lagos, Nigeria. This title features three chapters with Tola working through three separate problems. In the first story, Dapo decides to play soccer inside, which is against the rules. The ball gets out of control, causing Grandma's earrings-family heirlooms-to go missing; the kids are terrified that they are lost forever. When Grandma gets too sick to work in the second story, the children have to figure out a way to collaborate so they can support the family. Tola, in the final tale, becomes jealous of children in her town who are more affluent and learns an important lesson about herself and what is important in her life. Elementary readers will relate to Tola's interactions with her family as they learn about Nigerian culture. Black-and-white illustrations add to the story and will aid readers in comprehension. The impact of sibling conflicts will ring true with many. The moral of each tale is obvious, the endings can be pat, yet beginning readers will be relieved and happy for Tola's sake. Some Nigerian vocabulary is used, but not all is defined. This is an entertaining tale about determination and family. VERDICT A good choice for fans of the author's previous "Tola" titles; readers will not be disappointed with this pleasant new installment.-Elena Schuck?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Library Journal

Gr 2-4-It can be a challenge being the youngest of three; luckily Tola has enough spunk and ingenuity to face any problem that comes her way. Tola lives with her older sister, Moji; brother, Dapo; and grandmother in Lagos, Nigeria. This title features three chapters with Tola working through three separate problems. In the first story, Dapo decides to play soccer inside, which is against the rules. The ball gets out of control, causing Grandma's earrings-family heirlooms-to go missing; the kids are terrified that they are lost forever. When Grandma gets too sick to work in the second story, the children have to figure out a way to collaborate so they can support the family. Tola, in the final tale, becomes jealous of children in her town who are more affluent and learns an important lesson about herself and what is important in her life. Elementary readers will relate to Tola's interactions with her family as they learn about Nigerian culture. Black-and-white illustrations add to the story and will aid readers in comprehension. The impact of sibling conflicts will ring true with many. The moral of each tale is obvious, the endings can be pat, yet beginning readers will be relieved and happy for Tola's sake. Some Nigerian vocabulary is used, but not all is defined. This is an entertaining tale about determination and family. VERDICT A good choice for fans of the author's previous "Tola" titles; readers will not be disappointed with this pleasant new installment.-Elena Schuck?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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