"Workshop on 'Writing From Your Heritage,' at the Museum of Fine Arts... Ada is a very creative and talented person. She highlighted her book Why Turtles Have Patchy Shells which is a charming story told to her by her grandparents." Virginia C., Curator of Education, UMFA
"When Ada, read Why Turtles Have Patchy Shells at Bank Street Bookstore, children and grown-ups were quite taken with the meaning expressed in the book's words and images. Ada's ability to tell a story (not simple read a story) came across with every page she turned and every image she described." Ann L., Bookstore Events Coordinator [She named it 'A Favorite Fable.']
"Working alongside Ada Onwukeme [Chukwukeme] and "Turtle Project" was a real pleasure. Following a lovely reading of Why Turtles Have Patchy Shells by Ms. Onwukeme [Chukwukeme], my students created their own stories and made creative patchy turtles to coincide with thier tales. The enjoyment of meeting a published author and hearing her encouraging words for their own writing was truly positive experience in their education. I encourage all teachers to expose their students to this wonderful opportunity." Debora F. Seventh/Eight Grade Teacher
"Ada Onwukeme [Chukwukeme] came to our school, Mc Polin Elementary, as a visiting author. She shared her book, Why Turtles Have Patchy Shells with several classes and followed with age appropriate activity. Her enthusiasm was catching. She engaged the students in the folktale from Nigeria. She was very animated with reading the tale and as a result, the students very much enjoyed the story. I would recommend her Tales in the Moonlight program for second grade and above. She encouraged creating original projects and stories. " Margery H., School Librarian
"Children have learned that they shouldn't think just for themselves and should learn from their friends. They especailly enjoyed the art project that went with the story. Parents have also found that hearing the story and incorporating it with a craft was a great activity for children. One parent wrote 'Thank you for fun activity and safe activity. [My} family really enjoyed it.' Librarians noticed that the children seemed enthralled by the story telling and were enjoying the craft." Carol O., SL County Library Children's Programming Coordinator.
What Students Are Saying!
"I like the program. I like the story, you can't come out heads with that type of behavior. I will recommend it to family and friends. I liked it and would like to get a book to read to my two little sisters." Rachel, Eight Grade
"It was a fun way to learn a lesson or moral and I loved writing my own story about why turtles have patchy shells." David, Seventh Grade
"I love the "Turtle Project" because we learned about a different culture in an interesting and imagiantive way." Halley, Seventh Grade
"I really liked how we could hear a story and then write one of our own. Plus, we got to do a great art project. It was two lessons in one" Megan, Seventh Grade
"Ms. Onwukeme [Chukwukeme] helped me feel comfortable with my writing and encouraged me to become an author too. She made the writing process less intimidating." Alex, Eight Grade