On The Water

On The Water is an enchanting early reader book about an enterprising young boy who sails out in a floating supermarket, selling provisions to his neighbours living on a lagoon. This delightful story by Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi features poignant illustrations set in Makoko, Lagos. Suitable for ages 2 to 6.


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Book Reviews

This book shows kids that there is a lot more to life than what they usually do at home and there are people who do this. It is also well illustrated and shows that the boy has a knack for business and selling of goods. The counting is also catchy and the book is just generally captivating and educational. Lastly the activity at the back would be a fun way for kids to test what they’ve learned

Tioluwanji Odusanya
Aug 21, 2023

This inspiring book highlights how far people are willing to go just to earn a living and survive. Its motivational message empowers readers to embrace opportunities, regardless of circumstances, in the pursuit of livelihood.

Jul 24, 2023

This is an incredible example that illustrates the absence of limitations when it comes to what you can achieve. It beautifully conveys the message that in the absence of ideal circumstances, we can still achieve remarkable things by making the best use of what is available to us.

Ayotunde Adebayo
Jun 13, 2023

This book is exceptional as it imparts valuable life lessons to children, encouraging them to develop a strong work ethic, exhibit good behavior, and foster positive relationships with their neighbors and the people around them. The young boy's cheerful demeanor is truly uplifting, and it was delightful to read about his entrepreneurial spirit as he sold provisions from his floating boat to his neighbors on the lagoon.

Salawu abdulazeez
Jun 12, 2023

On the water is a book full of insight about the struggle to make daily bread. It teaches it's readers the entrepreneur spirit at a young age. It's exciting to see such a young child with such an agile spirit to excel despite the environment he finds himself. I strongly recommend this book.

Glory Ofor
Jun 12, 2023

On the Water is a captivating book that combines beautiful illustrations with an exciting narrative, keeping readers engaged from beginning to end. The vibrant colors and inspiring artwork add an extra layer of visual appeal to the story.

Dakota jane
Jun 11, 2023

As a reader, I appreciate how hardworking the main character is in this book. His strong work ethic and entrepreneurial skills are clearly showcased throughout the story. This book serves as an excellent source of inspiration for young readers, encouraging them to cultivate their own entrepreneurial mindset and aspire to become successful entrepreneurs in the future.

Dennis Okpiaifo
Jun 11, 2023

On the Water" is an exceptional motivating tool that empowers children to adopt a proactive and diligent approach to life. By showcasing the importance of a proactive mindset, the story encourages children to believe in their abilities and actively seek out opportunities for growth and success.

Udeze chiebunie peter
Jun 9, 2023

Mrs Talabi's book "On the Water" gives a delightful look into the Makoko community in Lagos, and teaches young readers the value of hard work and perseverance, as well as their numbers. All in all it is a wonderful book that I would recommend for any child.

Jemima Joffa
Jun 9, 2023

This book is truly captivating and offers a fascinating read. The young boy in this story defies the limitations imposed by his environment and circumstances. He takes initiative and finds a creative solution to help solve the problems faced by his neighbours. By setting up a supermarket on his floating boat and selling provisions, he not only addresses their needs but also earns a living in the process. This story showcases resilience and ingenuity, making it an inspiring and engaging read. I enjoyed it.

Owolabi Aina
Jun 9, 2023

On the Water promotes the value of hard work and discourages laziness in an engaging and relatable way. Through its compelling narrative, this book instills in children the importance of perseverance and dedication. Readers will be inspired to embrace a strong work ethic and strive for their goals.

Jun 9, 2023

Personally, I feel this book beautifully conveys the powerful message that age and location should never hinder one's ability to make a positive impact on society. The young boy in this story serves as an inspiring example, as he takes it upon himself to solve the problems faced by his neighbours living on the lagoon. Through his determination and resourcefulness, he proves that even the youngest individuals can contribute meaningfully to community development. This story is a testament to the idea that everyone has a role to play in creating a better world, regardless of their age or circumstances.

Eke Samuel
Jun 9, 2023

This story teaches kids the value of responsibility, hard work, and community support. Through vivid illustrations and a captivating narrative, young readers will learn the importance of hardwork. This delightful tale combines imagination, adventure, and valuable life lessons in a concise and engaging package.

May 31, 2023

We started off with “On the Water” and the children enjoyed [reading about] the little boy and his adventures as they designed a character profile to describe who they thought he was and how he inspired them. They looked up where he was from in Nigeria and connected the settings to the SDG goals they had been learning. This helped them to predict what kind of help he would need in bringing gifts to the environment on his next trip. So they wrote a second part of the book as they decided to bring gifts from the different countries they were from to the boy for his trip!

Miss Ngozi Awazie, Head of Primary, Parkview International Kindergarten and School
May 28, 2023

I love how Sonayon looked beyond his situation and started something. This is a fantastic book.

Teniola Lawal
May 26, 2023

This book takes you on an incredible adventure, immersing you in the vibrant and unique world of the Makoko Community in Lagos, Nigeria. Through its pages, I had the opportunity to explore and understand the daily lives of the people residing there. Reading this book truly expanded my perspective and opened my mind to new possibilities. One particular revelation that amazed me was the presence of a floating supermarket, a concept I had never fathomed before encountering this book. It's a captivating read that offers valuable insights and a refreshing glimpse into a fascinating community.

Shalom David
May 24, 2023

This storyline of this book is very unique. It gave me an opportunity to mentally explore a place I have never visited. It also sparked a sense of curiosity, imagination, and creativity as i encountered the young boy navigate his surrounding while earning a living from the sales of products sold on his floating boat.

May 22, 2023

This book is a compelling source of inspiration, inviting readers to step outside their comfort zones, embrace risks, and conquer challenges with unwavering determination. Through the captivating journey of the young boy portrayed in the story, readers are motivated to acquire invaluable life skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, resilience, and adaptability. This book serves as a remarkable testament to the transformative power of personal growth and self-discovery.

Nefe Samuel
May 17, 2023

This is an amazing piece! Wow

Mercy James
May 17, 2023

I thoroughly enjoyed this book with its abundance of captivating illustrations. Each illustration seamlessly captured my attention, igniting my imagination and filling me with wonder. It truly exemplifies the power of illustrations to stimulate children's curiosity and nurture their creativity. The artwork in this book goes beyond mere visuals; it beckons readers to delve deeper, fostering a sense of exploration and empowering them to embrace diverse viewpoints while cultivating their own unique ideas. It's a testament to the remarkable potential illustrations hold, and this book masterfully harnesses that power.

Ahonye Salome
May 17, 2023

A supermarket on a boat? Wow! Reading this book makes me want to visit Makoko Community in Lagos, Nigeria. The illustrations are colourful and very bright. Kudos to the writer. I can't wait to gift this to my niece.

May 17, 2023

This book is super cool. The illustrations are beautiful, which helps to recall the concepts more easily, enhancing long-term retention and retrieval. The fact that the young boy is selling a variety of items makes it intriguing, you just want to see what he will be selling next.

May 17, 2023

This book is about a young boy who lives in Makoko, Lagos. He owns a market on a floating boat. He sells provisions and various food items to his neighbours who live on a lagoon. I like this book because the graphics are very nice and it gives little children (who can't read yet) an idea of what is going on.

Oloruntobiloba Olubiyi
May 15, 2023

This book is an eye opener for children. I feel it can help spark an interest for entrepreneurship in children, a process which can help them develop personal strength and become financially independent. My niece has been strategising how to start her own retail business since she read this book.

Kesiena Kigho
May 15, 2023

They say reading can make you travel round the world and "On the water" literally took me to a part of the world I didn't imagine existed. This book will broaden the mind of children to a lot of possibilities even as they have fun while reading.

Joy Ologe
Mar 25, 2023

This book is very good because, it teaches children how to be hard working.

Mrs Enaohwo Ruona
Mar 15, 2023

This reminds me of the Macmillan books we read as kids. This will teach kids how to name and measure things in groups.

Mar 6, 2023

"On the Water" is an easy-to-read book, with simple words, which leaves its readers eager to know what next the boy would have to sell to his customers. It also helps young learners familiarize themselves with numbers and words related to market goods, whilst piquing their curiosity about the items they aren't familiar with. I'd recommend this to young readers around the world.

Divere Eguriase
Feb 7, 2023
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