Shanti

Shanti

by Maartje Padt, Mylo Freeman, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff
     
 

Freeman Shanti feels scared and alone when she gets separated from the rest of the zebra herd. She searches water hole and river, forest and savanna without seeing any sign of the others. But Shanti won't be alone for long. By the time the herd catches up with her, someone new and special has entered Shanti's world. Vibrant batik paintings and lively rhythms in the…  See more details below

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Freeman Shanti feels scared and alone when she gets separated from the rest of the zebra herd. She searches water hole and river, forest and savanna without seeing any sign of the others. But Shanti won't be alone for long. By the time the herd catches up with her, someone new and special has entered Shanti's world. Vibrant batik paintings and lively rhythms in the tradition of African storytelling-plus a fold-out surprise-make Shanti a storybook safari.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shimmering batik artwork sets a striking backdrop for this story about a zebra at twilight on the African plain. Shanti can feel that "something" is going to happen soon, though she doesn't know what it will be. Is it the approach of the lion? As the zebras race away from him, she gets separated from her herd. She wanders from one animal to the next, from the chameleon to the colobus monkeys to the rhinoceros and viper, all realistically represented against electric-hued, abstract scenery. "I'm lost and alone," she whimpers. "Where are the other zebras?" They tell her to search different locales, and assure her, intriguingly: "You won't be alone much longer." In the case of the giraffe, among whose legs Shanti nuzzles, there is a fold-up page that follows the animal's entire long neck, showcased against a pink and purple sky. Freeman's exquisite rendering of the zebras' stripes, for example, and Padt's sensitive text confer an enormous dignity upon the animals. With an original and unexpected (and happy) ending, this Dutch team's effort is a rare treat. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Linda Uhlenkott
A colorfully illustrated book with batik paintings, Shanti entices the young reader to journey with her to find the rest of the zebra herd. She asks the chameleon, the colobus monkeys, and the termites where the herd is. Each sends her on to someone else, each in turn assuring Shanti that she won't be alone much longer. After spending the rest of the jungle night in her search, Shanti finally rests. In the morning, she isn't alone; her baby has been born, and she takes him to meet the other zebras who have finally returned to the water hole. Padt tells this story in a rhythm of predictable word patterns and with the strong voices of the jungle animals, using language supportive of the efforts of early readers. The fun is heightened by the foldout of the giraffe near the end of the book, creating an African adventure for children, parents and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789425201
Publisher:
DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
1 AMER ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 9.68(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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