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Author: Jacqui Taylor

Illustrator: Jacqui Taylor

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Publisher: Struik Publishers, ©2004

Material: hard cover

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-poetry book.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader

Recommended Age: 5 to 8, 6 to 9

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.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a nice book to share with children. You'll likely want it on your own shelf.

If You Liked This Book, Try: When Bat Was a Bird; The Adventure of Riley®: Mission to Madagascar; and An African ABC WHEN BAT WAS A BIRD AND OTHER ANIMAL TALES FROM AFRICA   ADVENTURES OF RILEY: MISSION TO MADAGASCAR (Riley's World Series®)   AN AFRICAN ABC

Educational Themes: Whether you want to introduce different writing forms or images from Africa, the book lends itself to lots of exploring … between the pages and beyond.

Literary Categories: non-fiction - poetry, picture book, nature, Africa

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2006

Other Reviews: No Critics' Reviews or reader feedback found.


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