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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Rhyming short stories and poems comprise this collection of verse. The author introduces animal and plant life in Africa, blending it with themes that children and parents recognize and enjoy. This is a picture book of illustrated poetry.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12
Interest Level: 5 to 10
Age of Child: started reading with 4-year-old child
Young Reader Reaction: The illustrations grabbed our preschooler's attention. There were lots of questions about the animals, in particular.
Adult Reader Reaction: The balance between story and verse is exceptional. The presentation and transitions are so smooth that you keep going seamlessly from one story to the next. The illustrations blend photo-quality backgrounds with illustrated characters.
Pros: The story is easy to read in small doses or in one sitting. Even at 70 pages, it kept our preschooler's attention. The fun facts at the end are a great complement to the poems and short stories.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a nice book to share with children. You'll likely want it on your own shelf.