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Yetunde An Ode to My Mother This is a heart warming story about the power of a mother s love truly an ode to women and mothers all over the world It is a captivating and emotional story that talks about love and loss Follow baby Yetunde as she narrates her mother s ode to her grandmother It is the Yoruba praise poetry for a mother known as the Oriki Iya Yetunde is also thrilled and delighted by the ancient Yoruba tale passed down to her by her mother about Labake, a young maiden who was kidnapped to be forced to marry a warrior chief Will Iya Labake save her child in time Is Iya Labake just a simple defenceless mother Or This is a short story dedicated to past, present and future mothers, a perfect Mother s day present This book is mostly in English and all Yoruba words are translated, so everyone can enjoy the book fully 3.5 starsYetunde is a meditation on the importance, love, and dedication of mothers It is told from the perspective of Yetunde, an infant seeing her mother as the sort of goddess all young children see their mothers as It begins with Yetunde listening to her mother and being playful together The heart of the story is actually a story within a story, the Yoruba tale of Iya Labake It tells of a mother who lost 9 of her 10 children to death, and the remaining one is taken as an unwilling wife by a warrior from a neighboring tribe This woe stricken mother gains powers reminiscent of an NK Jemisin heroine to rescue her daughter despite the odds.Yetunde is a quick, heartwarming read Despite its brief length about 30 pages , it seems a bit scattered there are bits of info that don t seem key to the narrative, and the last chapter throws in the Yoruba alphabet and ends with a cliffhanger It would actually work better as either a slightly shorter story, or a fleshed out one with an actual plot. This little book only 28 pages is pure delight The narrator, who is 9 months old and obviously precociously intelligent, since she can use words like digress and transmission relates a traditional Yoruba tale told to her by her mother It s about gratitude, last chances, and the inadvisability of threatening a mother s child.It s also about Yetunde the narrator who is growing up in London, learning Yoruba alongside English as her mother tries to introduce her to her African traditional religion and heritage as well as her English Christian culture There are words and phrases of Yoruba in the book, always with a translation, and it was interesting trying to figure out the grammar rules of the short sentences.The writing has that particular lyrical flowing feel of the best traditional fairy tales, where the rhythm carries you along like a river, and the ending makes you want to see what happens in Yetunde s life next.One might think that the price is a little steep for only 28 pages of narrative, but a drink in a London pub will probably set you back and provide less enjoyment Plus, you can read the book than once A short story, drawing on a rich, Yoruba folkloric tradition, rarely found.Yetunde s mother is mourning the death of her own mother and she does so by telling little Yetunde an evocative, mystical bedtime story The story that she tells has ancient roots and, through it, we understand the power of motherhood and the links between the goddess and birth mothers We understand too, the ongoing links from mother to daughter and that this is a sacred bond This sacred bond can withstand self sacrifice and give a mother the ability to face grave dangers to protect her children A lovely story.I received a copy of this book This is my honest review. A true reminder of a Mothers Love.Sweetly narrated by a 9month old baby.Mothers are priceless jewels and this book has made me remember the worth of my mother and what she has done and is still doing on my behalf