Tek Mi! Noh Tek Mi!
Welcome to the world of the imagination and the fantastic in these ten stories where Good continues its age-old fight against Evil. These stories are highly entertaining, and, in the tradition of folktales, they also carry many moral messages. They show that those who are kind to others and those who protect nature and defend the weak are given worthy rewards, sometimes by magical means. On the other hand, those who are greedy, abusive, unkind and wish to harm nature receive deserved punishment. The overriding message is that a person's fortune is often determined by the quality of his or her character.
The cultures of both island and continental CARICOM countries are well represented in this collection. From folklore there are supernatural beings Tata Duende (The Strange Tale of Cucal Bal) or Tata Dohende (Tek Mi! Noh Tek Mi!); the Caribbean mermaid who lives in the river (Lazy Manny-oh!); and what would be a collection of folktales without a ghost story, as in Miss Angie
- Two audio CDs with four of the stories read by accomplished storytellers accompany the text.
- The language of the stories is mostly Standard English, but with phrases and idioms which represent the local languages of the countries of origin, for example, the patois spoken (or which used to be spoken) in Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada.
- The recording of the stories on the CDs will help children to appreciate the differences in speech in the countries of origin, as well as to appreciate the differences between the written and spoken word.
- These stories place emphasis on an individual?s moral strength which often makes the difference between success and failure.
- The setting and the characters in the stories are typically Caribbean. There are many colourful characters, both human and magical.
- The stories give a glimpse of the culture and habits of the people in different countries of the English-speaking Caribbean.
- There is a glossary which explains words and phrases which might be unfamiliar to the reader.
- There is a section with suggested activities for use with students.
Notes To Teachers:
Tek Mi! Noh Tek Mi! will be an excellent addition to the classroom literature texts as well as to the library.
The stories in this book are full of lively characters and action which adequately represent the
characteristics of traditional folklore. Students can compare modern versions of some stories with
traditional tales The stories can be used to highlight the differences between the spoken word
and more formal written standard English. The CDs are especially useful for such an exercise.
Research skills – Students can be encouraged to use the Internet and libraries to locate the different CARICOM countries, geographically, and identify the peculiar characteristics of their history and development which gave rise to some of these stories. The Activities section has some useful pointers.
Character development – There are many interesting characters and situations in this story for students to examine.
Communication skills – the stories can be used to introduce debate procedures and written exercises on different themes: e.g. Are there such things as ghosts and magical creatures? What purpose do they serve in these folktales? What moral dilemmas do the human characters face?
Values and Attitudes – The stories can be used to start discussions on individual as well as family and community values and attitudes.
Listening skills – The CDs can be used to help develop listening skills, e.g. noting variations between the spoken and written versions, identifying the accents of different countries and so on.
Audio Disc #1
Tek Mi! Noh Tek Mi! Read by Myrna Manzanares (Belize)
Lazy Manny-oh! Read by Leon South (Jamaica)
Audio Disc #2
Miss Angie Read by Godfrey Rock (Guyana)
Ti Jean and Mariquite read by Eintou Pearl Springer (Trinidad and Tobago)