It is often said among the Yorubas of Nigeria that "charity begins
at home." Dr. Olaiya Aina grew up in a village with his parents and
grandparents. His grandmother and his Dad used to tell stories
every evening, especially when the moon was bright. The series of
children's stories that he grew up with and knows today were mostly
told by them.
"The Boy, the Dove, and the Hawk" is the story of a crippled,
blind boy named Baoku. One day, he is offered the chance to have
his sight restored by a hawk if he gives him the dove to eat. But
that same day, the dove offers to give him the power to walk again
if he saves his life. Now, Baoku must make the difficult decision
of which means more to him-to walk again, or to see again. He asks
his friends what he should do, but his friends can't help him make
Will Baoku make the right decision? "The Boy, the Dove, and the
Hawk" is a cautionary tale that will challenge children to rely on
their own intelligence, rather than trying to rely on their friends
or other people to make life-changing decisions.
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