2 Mar 2017

FATOU and the KORA: A MODERN WESTERN AFRICAN FAIRY TALE

 {when aunty is here}

I heard that today is #worldbookday so what a perfect day to talk about one of my favourite children's book. As a mother who wants to expose her children to multiculturalism, I’m always pleased to find stories that open the world to them.

I love Fatou and the Kora, is a modern West African fairy tale set in Dakar, Senegal.  Fatou, is a young Senegalese girl, who lives in a region where it is thought by many that the kora, or the African harp, is an instrument that is not to be played by girls.  Fatou follows her instinct and discovers a generational gift within herself, while also teaching her father an unexpected lesson.

What I love about the story is how the author poetically takes the reader through the beautiful creative mind of Fatou. 

The story is accompanied by the beautifully painting of the artist Elena Tommasi Ferroni. What a privilege to introduce the beauty of my culture to my children through the great art. 




My daughter fell in love with the story even before she received the book as her Christmas gift because we had the chance to listening to the audio version free on youtube. Just like Fatou, my daughter likes be a rule breaker, she doesn’t want to fit into the standards. She is still little to voice that she is a rule breaker but her statement such as “Pink is just a colour.” shows glimpses of that.  

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You can start introducing a bit of Senegalese beautiful culture to your little one by listening to the full story here

Read by the author with her beautiful soothing voice, accompanied by the melodic sound of Mayda Diebate. The eye are kept busy with vibrant illustration by Elena Tommasi Ferroni.

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