Rhinos Horns

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Rhino hates his horns. He thinks they are boring, especially when compared to the curly, twisted, and spiraled horns of the impalas, gnus, and other animals of the jungle. So his best friend Baboon comes up with a plan—a plan that makes Rhino realize just how perfect his horns really are. A thoughtful tale with an important message full of bright and boldly illustrated jungle creatures.

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Rhino hates his horns. He thinks they are boring, especially when compared to the curly, twisted, and spiraled horns of the impalas, gnus, and other animals of the jungle. So his best friend Baboon comes up with a plan—a plan that makes Rhino realize just how perfect his horns really are. A thoughtful tale with an important message full of bright and boldly illustrated jungle creatures.

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Rhino is convinced his horns are, if not dull, at least boring, in this moral tale by the illustrator of The Selfish Crocodile. Worse, he is convinced all the ibex, gazelles, and water buffalo are laughing at him. His old friend Baboon tries his best to come to the rescue, but his fruit-salad horn decorations just make matters worse. Only when his gnu friends are overheard talking admiringly about how handsome and strong Rhino's horns are does he learn to value them. It seems being envied is the root of happiness in the animal kingdom as well. The illustrations are lots of fun, but the story would have been more satisfying if Rhino had learned to accept his horns on their own terms. 2002, Bloomsbury,
— Michael Chabin
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Rhino hates his horns, and feels that the horns of other African wildlife are fancier and nicer than his. His friend Baboon decides to convince Rhino that his horns suit him - with fun results. A simple format and very bright, large illustrations lends to easy reading.
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Another take on the hoary conflict of how one who is different and dolorous about it comes to accept the beauty of his own special qualities. The ubiquitous struggle for self-acceptance is certainly of sufficient value to mine over and over again, although not in the same way. The uniqueness of this minefield lies in its African veldt setting (Andersen's ugly duckling as rhino) and the altruistic search for solutions other than growing out of it (the baboon as friend and makeover artist). How it plays out here: Rhino feels self-conscious about his "pointed lumps of wood," so old-friend Baboon beautifies them first with floral arrangements, next "butterfly gardens," then fruit centerpieces. Rhino rejects them all, dumping the material on the ground and attracting gnu, gazelle, and others with "curved horns, spiraled horns, tiny wavy elegant horns" who proclaim Rhino lucky in having such big, strong horns. Rhino feels blessed, and Baboon offers reassurance. While the story is an old one, without a really new treatment, it's the art that attracts. Extreme close-ups of rhino and baboon, lushly drawn flowers, fruit, and accompanying insects and birds, and the silly arrangements wrapped around the horns help to enhance what is still an age-old theme. (Picture book. 3-5)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780747555346
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK
  • Publication date: 4/1/2002
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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