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A Literary Leaf for Too Small Tola


KS: R & KS1

Year Group: Year 2

Literary Theme: Change & Relationships

Author(s): Atinuke

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 12 session Literary Leaf for Too Small Tola which covers all aspects of the Key Stage 1 content domain.  Working through three short-stories focused on the central character Tola, children will discover the things she and her family get up to on a daily basis.  As well as making comparisons, inferring emotions and predicting what comes next, children will explore vocabulary specific to Nigerian culture.  The series of lessons culminates in children comparing themselves to the main character.

Synopsis of text:

Three delightful stories about Too Small Tola, a young girl who, though small, is very determined. Tola lives in a flat in Lagos with her sister, Moji, who is very clever; her brother, Dapo, who is very fast; and Grandmummy, who is very bossy. Tola proves to be stronger than she seems when she goes to market with Grandmummy and manages to carry home a basket full of yams and vegetables, chilli peppers and fish. When the taps in the flat don't work, it's Tola who brings water from the well, and it's Tola who saves the day when Mr Abdul, the tailor, needs his goods to be delivered quickly. Too Small Tola is a wonderful new character in the world of children's books by multi-award-winning children's writer and storyteller Atinuke.

Links to Curriculum areas, other Literary Leaves and Planning Sequences:

This could sit nicely under the theme 'Bravery vs. Fear' (Year 2 theme for Spring 1) or alongside the Literary Leaf for Africa, Amazing Africa also by the author Atinuke.

Nigeria, Africa, market, family, strength

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