Dove

Overview

Terrible floods in South Africa?s Valley of a Thousand Hills have destroyed the crops and left the ground too wet for planting. As Lindiwe and her grandmother wait for the fields to dry, they try to earn a living by selling their beautiful beadwork to tourists in Durban. They meet with no luck until one day, a dove lands in the yard, bringing inspiration and new hope to Lindiwe and her loving Gogo. Jude Daly?s beautiful illustrations enhance this sensitive story, which raises awareness about flooding, fair trade,...

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Overview

Terrible floods in South Africa’s Valley of a Thousand Hills have destroyed the crops and left the ground too wet for planting. As Lindiwe and her grandmother wait for the fields to dry, they try to earn a living by selling their beautiful beadwork to tourists in Durban. They meet with no luck until one day, a dove lands in the yard, bringing inspiration and new hope to Lindiwe and her loving Gogo. Jude Daly’s beautiful illustrations enhance this sensitive story, which raises awareness about flooding, fair trade, and rural South Africa in a child-friendly manner.

A visiting dove provides the answer to Grandmother Maloko's financial problems when floodwaters destroy her crops and she must rely on the sale of her homemade jewelry.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A bird becomes an inspiration--in more ways than one--for an old woman and her granddaughter living in South Africa. Rains and a huge flood have rushed through Natal, destroying property, killing livestock and leaving the ground too wet for spring planting. But in the storm's aftermath, Lindi finds and admires a dove that lands in the yard. While they wait to sow their crops, the girl and her grandmother try to sell their beaded handiwork to tourists in Durban. But not until they fashion unusual beaded doves does the pair begin to make some money. Though much of Stewart's language and imagery makes an impact, her narrative's occasional choppiness slows the emotional momentum. With its rich, warm hues and naive stylization, Daly's artwork--reminiscent of both Donald Crews and William Johnson--creates an appropriately low-key mood. The perspective in many paintings highlights expansive backgrounds of blue skies, or high white walls and ceilings, giving the book's design an overall airiness. Ages 4-up. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845070229
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/9/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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