When Hippo was Hairy: And Other Tales from Africa

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Gr 4-6 A handsome volume with an unusual format. Thirty-six African folktales, each with tribal identification, give imaginative reasons for certain animal characteristics: why the cheeks of the cheetah are stained with tears, how the jackal got his markings, why the ostrich has a long neck. Familiar animals such as the lion, leopard, hyena, and elephant appear along with the lesser-known waterbuck, tsessebe, and dassie. After each folklore section, a page provides factual information about the beast. A chart lists basics such as height, weight, and lifespan; a map shows distribution on the continent; the text describes identifying features, habitat, habits, diet, and breeding. Occasionally the text in this section teeters toward fictionalizing. Can an animal's hunting technique be ``sophisticated?'' Does a zebra kick with ``murderous intent?'' But these are quibblesthe prose is clear, lively, and fun to read. The numerous illustrations are superb. They include black-and-white sketches and small color pictures at the head of each section. Best of all, part way through each tale, the book opens to a full-color double-page spread of the animal in an arresting pose. Physically, the book appeals with its glossy pages, red chapter headings, and well-designed layout. Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Junior Library, Arlington, ass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812045482
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 143
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.51 (d)

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