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Welcome Dede!: An African Naming Ceremony

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On the day Amarlai's new cousin is named, the guests arrive, prayers are said, the corn wine is blessed and a tiny drop of wine is put on the baby's tongue as she is named. Gifts are offered, and the feasting and dancing begins. Amarlai is happiest of all as at last his cousin has a name-Dede!
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Overview

On the day Amarlai's new cousin is named, the guests arrive, prayers are said, the corn wine is blessed and a tiny drop of wine is put on the baby's tongue as she is named. Gifts are offered, and the feasting and dancing begins. Amarlai is happiest of all as at last his cousin has a name-Dede!
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K-Gr 3-Onyefulu opens this photo-essay with an enlightening one-page introduction that succinctly addresses the significance of names in African culture. Amarlai, who lives in Ghana, has a new cousin. He is impatient for Baby to have her real name but, as his uncle tells him, she has to be eight days old before that can happen. Through Amarlai's engaging voice, the process of naming a child is described-how and why one is chosen, and by whom. Each step is documented in a series of insightful, well-positioned photographs that capture the richness of this tradition and the importance of the extended family and community. Finally, preparations begin for Baby's big day. Shaded boxed text provides supplemental information about the ceremony. A good resource for social-studies units on cultures and traditions.-Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845072674
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/9/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years

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