The Nine Silly Brothers and Other Stories from Eritrea

KS2: ages 7-11KS3: ages 11-14Book

I found this collection of eleven folk stories compelling. Collected from Eritrean refugees and Eritrean schools, they live and change as they are told and retold.

In creating this book, the stories were told to Sheffield children who quickly related to the clever rogues, dim-witted characters subjected to cruel tricks and tales where cunning and strength were needed to survive in a harsh environment. The stories created a bridge into the children’s eager questioning of life in Eritrea, and telling their own folk stories.

There are activities for each tale, but the authors suggest that primary children be given the chance to enjoy the stories, as they are, while more analytic work would suit secondary students. I liked the way the introduction explored some of the difficulties of using traditional takes but also some of the values of such material.


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Development Education Centre South Yorkshire

Scotia Works Centre for Citizenship Learning and Development, Leadmill Road,

SheffieldS1 4SE

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