The Dove

The Dove

by Dianne Stewart, Jude Daly
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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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)
Stuart Miller
When a flood destroys crops and animals in the Valley of a Thousand Hills in Natal, South Africa, Lindi and her grandmother Maloko struggle to survive, but their home stands firm. A dove that comes to them after the flood is, like Noah's, a symbol of hope, and when they can't sell their beadwork to the tourists in the resort town, Lindi suggests they make a dove from scraps of cloth and decorate it with beads. The craft shop buys the dove and orders more like it. This quiet picture book with understated text and clearly detailed, brightly colored naive paintings tells a story of black women in South Africa: Lindi is being raised in "difficult" times by her grandmother, and their bond is strong and loving. One of the details on the wall of the neat one-room house is a signed photo of Lindi's mother, who might be far away working to send money home. Though the scene is idealized, the paintings show poverty without squalor, from the rolling hills to the sparsely furnished room with its radio, paraffin lamp, schoolbooks, and bare necessities.

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ISBN-13:
9780688112653
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
32
Age Range:
4 Years

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