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Water Daughter Publishing LLC Announces Release of its First Title, 'Obara and the
Merchants'- a Yoruba Children's Book by Michelle M. Bodden
NEW YORK, NY - September 1, 2004 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- Water Daughter Publishing
(www.waterdaughter.com) today announced the publication of its first book, "Obara and
the Merchants," an adaptation of a traditional Yoruba parable. Yoruba is an ancient
West African religion based on nature worship and ancestor reverence, which is
practiced in Nigeria, as well as North and South America.
Set in Nigeria "Obara and the Merchants" ($14.95, ISBN 0-9753089-0-4), recounts the
traditional Yoruba tale about the Great Hunter's encounter with a group of travelling
merchants. The book is appropriate for children ages 0-10, or for adults who interested
in learning more Yoruba, or sharing these traditional religious stories with their
"This is a great way for parents to give their children a character-building lesson
with an African cultural base," said Michelle Bodden, the book's author and publisher.
"For people who are interested in or involved with Orisha worship, this book enables
them to share an important message with their children in a culturally appropriate way.
For people who know nothing about the religion, this is a reaffirming story about the
value of honesty and kindness which are qualities that we all want to encourage in our
children whatever our religious heritage might be."
"Obara and the Merchants," illustrated by Quentin "Kwenci" Jones, is the first in a
series of traditional Yoruba stories which Bodden and Water Daughter Publishing intend
to adapt for children.
Michelle Bodden has a Masters degree in Education, and has taught elementary school in
both New York City, and Cincinnati. Michelle has been an initiated Orisha worshipper
for 19 years. She has always loved to write, and has written many stories and poems.
Over the years, Michelle has gained a deep respect for the essential life lessons
contained in the Apatakis, the sacred stories of her religion. She lives in Queens,
New York with her two children.
Quentin "Kwenci" Jones is an artist, teacher and builder. Ever since he was a child,
Kwenci realized that his works of art made lasting impressions. Since then his murals,
paintings and three-dimensional creations have captivated and entertained many. Kwenci
Jones lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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