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Chinye a West African Folktale

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Chinye a West African Folktale

(Image cc Andy Roberts)

Chinye a West African Folktale is one of a number of “Cinderella” style stories looked at as part of Ruth MIskin’s Read Write Comprehension series. This selection of stories show the wide, multicultural nature of the Cinderella myth. The story follows the basic shape as we know it.

Chinye was a well known  West African folk tale which is retold in this version by Obi Onyefulu and beautifully illustrated by Evie Safarewicz The main character is a young Nigerian girl who loses her beloved father, she is left to work as a servant to her stepmother and her spoilt step-sister . One day she is kind to an old woman in the forest and Chinye’s good heart eventually brings her great rewards. (more…)