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WHEN BAT WAS A BIRD AND OTHER ANIMAL TALES FROM AFRICA

Author: Nick Greaves

Illustrator: David du Plessis

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Publisher: Struik Publishers,

Material: paperback

Summary: With animals as the main characters, these stories are explanations about how animals came to have certain traits, as well as allegories about human nature. This is a collection of African folktales.

Type of Reading: independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 11 and Up

Interest Level: 6 to 12

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

Young Reader Reaction: This was a wonderful book, with so many good short stories. The beautiful pictures leave you feeling like part of the story. A great book for children and adults alike. You learn some thing new from each and every page of the book. There are 24 stories to read and share with friends, parents, sisters,and brothers. My favorite story was Why the Reed Warbler Babbles. This isn’t the only great story in the book. In fact there wasn’t a single story I didn’t like!

Adult Reader Reaction: The stories were fascinating. Many were not unlike other oral histories that have been lovingly preserved, still, they were a wonderful read.

Pros: The stories are short so you can sit and read them all at once or just one at a time. The illustrations are great, and the fact sheet accompanying each story helps make the stories "modern.

Cons: None

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a very worthwhile read. It's entertaining and educational. It should definitely be on school and general library bookshelves.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE LITTLE BLACK FISH   THE MITTEN; A Ukranian Folktale   MY LITTLE LORE OF LIGHT

Educational Themes: This is a great book for exploring social studies, folklore and oral history traditions. You can also learn more about native African animals and the traditions of African cultures.

Literary Categories: fiction - fables and folklore, cultures and tradition, short stories, animal characters

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

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