2022 Session 41: October Book Review

  • Itsekiri NextGen Project: 2022 Session 41 Report
  • Topic: October Book review
  • Date: Saturday 29/10/2022 
  • Volunteers Present:4
  • Total Number of Attendees: 53
  • Timings: 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Venue: Former Caravan 4, Aja-Pessu (Pessu Town), Warri
  • Resource Person: Itsekiri NextGen team


Itsekiri NextGen last session of every month is usually a book review. Last month, the participants got books from some well-meaning Nigerians. This time around, we made use of books from NextGen library. We did on-the-spot reading instead of giving them the books before the session.

Session Delivery

The session began with an opening prayer followed by the Itsekiri anthem. A quick recap of the previous session was done.

In our pursuit to develop the reading passion in the lives of our participants, so they can grow intellectually even as they grow physically, we make them read and review books every last Saturday. 

Some selected books were brought from the Itsekiri NextGen library. Three subteams were culled out from each team and a book was given to the sub-teams to read and discuss among themselves what the book is all about, morals learnt as well as new words.

It was amazing to see that these participants were able to read the books on the spot and come out to talk about what they have read from the book. It was obvious they liked this set of books, as the books have a lot of pictures to drive home the story.

The books reviewed are;

  • The Shabbat Box authored by Lesley Simpson.
  • Fox walked Alone authored by Barbara Reid.
  • Smiley Shark authored by Ruth  Galloway.
  • Pinkalicious authored by Victoria kann and Elizabeth Kann.
  • Ice Team authored by Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan
  • Olivia and the dog wash authored by Peggy Sarlin.
  • Umicar’s Big Race authored by Brian .L. Perkins.
  • Always room for one more authored by Sorche Nice Leodhas.
  • Animals Look – Alikes authored by Rachel Griffiths and Margaret Clyne.
  • Secrets of our Earth authored by Carron Brown and Wesley Robins.
  • Rapunzel. This is an old story that is retold by Judy Hamilton.
  • The Little Red Hen authored by David Presser.

Some sub-teams had one or two persons come out to represent them. All the members of some sub-team had a thing or two to talk about the book they read. 

They all did well, but the presentation of Laju Faulkner and Chisom was the highlight of the day, as their disposition was outstanding. They had good composure and were confident. The book they read was Pinkalicious.  The story is about a girl who was asked not to eat any other food apart from green vegetables. She didn’t adhere to the instructions because of her love for cupcakes. She went ahead to eat pink cupcakes and her whole body became pink, her tears included. Furthermore, she went further to eat another pink cupcake and became deeper pink and red.

She wasn’t happy with herself, so she decided to eat all manner of green vegetables ranging from spinach, grapes, pickles, okra, olives, etc, and she became her beautiful fair self again.

The moral of the story is that it is good to adhere to instructions because they are given for our good.

Key activities during the session 

 The participants read books together in their different subteams. This is to encourage teamwork as they will be working with different teams at different aspects of life going forward. 


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