5 Stars Review of Chike the Invincible!


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Review Rating: 5 STARS!   March 15, 2016
Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite

Chike the Invincible by Dr. Ogo Okoye-Johnson is a beautiful story for young readers with an excellent message. Chike lived with his parents, Chief Ike and Chi-Chi, in the village of Awor. Chief Ike was powerful and he always won the biggest yam and archery competition held every year during the annual New Yam Festival. The idea of this festival was to bring the previously warring villages together. It was a grand festival and the highlight of the festival was the archery competition. Chike learned archery and started competing. He loses his father to a trap laid by his uncle Obi during an archery competition. After his father’s death, he moves with his mother to her village while Obi declares himself to be the chief of Awor. It’s a story of perseverance, valor, and determination and sees the emergence of Chike again as a true warrior.

The story has an excellent concept and conveys a good message to readers. Chike’s perseverance and determination are inspiring and his comeback from the setbacks in his life is admirable. All the characters in the story are sketched well and they complement the plot and Chike effectively. It’s a good bedtime storybook and parents and grandparents can read it out to their kids and grandkids. It’s also a good book for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries.

The illustrations are vibrant and they give pace and movement to the scenes and the story. The characters also come alive via the pictures and help children connect in a better way with the plot. The strong messages of perseverance, determination, and valor make it an excellent storybook for children.

It’s a story of perseverance, valor, and determination and these strong messages make it an excellent storybook for children.

Does Multicultural Education Improve Students’ Racial Attitudes? Implications for Closing the Achievement Gap

The effects of multicultural education on the racial attitudes of students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade are examined in this meta-analysis. Multicultural education was operationalized for this study as programs and curricula dealing with racial and cultural diversity. The effect sizes of curricular intervention and reinforcement dimensions of multicultural education in suburban and urban settings among age groups 3-8 and 9-16 were compared to see the relative effectiveness of multicultural education on students’ racial attitudes. The mean effect size of 0.488 from a total of 60 effect sizes calculated using 30 studies shows that exposure to multicultural education led to a reduction in students’ racial attitudes. However, the mean effect size of 0.645 from curricular intervention studies was higher than the mean effect size of the reinforcement studies at 0.08, indicating that the curricular intervention dimension of multicultural education was more effective in reducing students’ racial attitudes. Multicultural education was more effective in reducing racial attitudes in urban areas with a mean effect size of 0.72, than in suburban areas with a mean effect size of 0.587. Multicultural education was also more effective in reducing racial attitudes among the 9-16 age group with a mean effect size of 0.751, than among the 3-8 age group with a mean effect size of 0.208. Implications for research and for practice with emphasis on closing the achievement gap that exists among the various student subgroups primarily in under achieving inner-city public schools are discussed.