This Marcus Garvey Cubs Audio Stories Pack includes 5 MP3 Downloads. Stories can be purchased as a set or separately. Each story is detailed below.
Middle passage – Before they knew it, the Garvey Cubs were suffering in the bottom of a hot, filthy slave ship on their way from Africa to be sold in the Caribbean and the Americas. But someone forgot to tell the greedy Spanish ship captain that the Marcus Garvey Cubs were on board! Watch Out! Africans can’t be for “sale” if you can’t get the ship to “sail”!
Kikuyu – The old legend says that a rich and wise Kikuyu man had hidden all of his treasures before he passed away. Only the old elephant knew where it was. The old elephant told Cudjoe (who could talk to animals) where to find the treasure. That’s when the people found out how rich the old man really was!
Bunyoro –The people of Bunyoro loved their beautiful flowers and plants, and they wanted their whole kingdom to be colorful and beautiful. But in some places in the kingdom, the plants and flowers refused to grow – even with water and sunlight! Time for the Garvey Cubs to investigate. The answer surprises everyone!
Ife – The Queen of Ife will choose the winner of the Beautiful Ife hair Contest. Twelve six-year-old girls, who the Cubs call “The Dozen Chocolates”, enter the contest. The Queen likes the girls, but she thinks each of their haircuts look a little bit strange…but the King sees something different!
Ovimbundu – The Garvey Cubs get here just in time for the Ovimbundu Youth Races! Some teams come from the coast and some from the mountains. The Garvey Cubs join teams from both. But when you need energy to race, be careful where you get your food!
"The average story is between 15 and 20 minutes. We have intentionally made them a little longer than our children are used to. Our children are of the "video game" and "rapid action" generation, so chances are, their minds may drift when first listening to a long story (especially younger ones). Don't be discouraged! Be patient and use techniques like:
- Stopping the story part way (before attention wanes) and discussing what they heard or liked or predict will come next, then continue; or
- Having them listen 30 minutes before bedtime, and tell them they can stay up a few minutes longer to talk about the story (children love excuses for delaying bedtime!) Mainly, be patient. It won't take long for their minds to strengthen to a higher level of concentration.
"You will find the results are worth it!"