Makimba's Animal World

Makimba's Animal World

by Bobby L. Jackson, Julienne Jones

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-KSome of the best-known animals of Africa, introduced through limericks. In the poems, a young girl romps with her animal friends, e.g., ``Makimba once saw a hyena/Who pranced like a young ballerina./She howled and laughed/As she walked down a path/In a brush-covered jungle arena.'' Some of the selections are clever, while others seem forced. All of them portray a stereotypical Africa in which young children play with wild animals in the ``jungle'' (which itself is an inaccurate term, since most of Africa south of the Sahel is, as the illustrations portray, savanna). Thus, children who hear this book might mistakenly conclude that rhinos, hyenas, and leopards are friendly animals or that African youngsters have a special affinity for them. Jones's black-and-white pencil illustrations grace the text. Makimba's clothing is generally traditional, but she is shown in jeans and a sweater when reading to her pet sable. While dancing with the hyena, she also wears a contemporary outfit. Although it is clearly fantasy, this book desperately needs an appendix with information about the cultures and wildlife; without this information, it cannot be recommended.Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Siena College Library, Loudonville, NY

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5 - 9 Years

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