"Flame and Hope: An African Adventure" is the first book of the series called "Fauna Park Tales" based on "African Adventures of Flame, Family, Furry and Feathered Friends", a GOLD MEDAL WINNER on Authonomy, supported by HarperCollins. The following is an excerpt from the HarperCollins Children's Editor Review:
"A vivid and engaging world of animal characters . . . the use of cleverly animalised verbs is very creative - Dolly Cat's 'whispurr'. The exploration of interrelationships between animals is a very successful topic in the children's literature genre, and you have created some great personalities - the stubborn goat 'Plump-Grump' and the conceited 'His Handsomeness, King Rat' being some of my favourites . . ."
Life takes strange turns for Flame, a puppy born in the African desert. Adopted by a free-range cattle farmer, the pup faces the challenge of proving himself to more than one of his new family.
As Flame grows into a strong and brave dog, he makes friends with many loyal furry and feathered ones who help him to keep The Promise - protecting many helpless bush creatures in Fauna Park, a secret sanctuary within the boundaries of the farm.
One of his feathered friends is Hope, an elusive bird with strange pink eyelids who tells stories about a tall leader and his gang of villainous poachers, ups and downs of life in the bush and Flame's ingenious plans to banish foes to the Llokodi Hills.
These stories are perfect to be read before bedtime to younger children. Preteens will enjoy escaping into an imaginary world where many bush creatures always have hope that everything ends well when the sun goes down.
|Publisher:||LionheART Publishing House|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)|
About the Author
She and her family lived in Botswana for a few years. This book is set against this background. Many of the stories are based on fact - things which she observed while living on the outskirts of a game reserve, as well as the lives of her family's pets - dogs, cats and birds - through the years. She used her skills as a librarian to research birds of prey and smaller birds mentioned in her stories.
Her post as a librarian at a private school in Gaborone, convinced her that her series of books will be enjoyed, not only by children, but also adults who are interested in the environment around them, and who love smaller wild animals and birds.
Maretha Botha admits to being a chocoholic and unreformed coffee addict, a keen gardener and bird watcher, who likes to walk on the moors where the stiff breeze coming in from the sea, quickly clears her head, making way for more inspiration.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. What a wonderful story, a bit sad at times, but all in all a great tale told from the perspective of Flame aka 'Jack Old Boy'. Flame was a skinny puppy who's life was devastated by some strangers. His caretaker gave him over to a close friend in hopes that the small puppy would have a better life. As an adult dog, Flame relives his days with the help of a feathered friend as they tell his story to all the animals on the farm where he lives. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the illustrations throughout this book. I read this to my children and was very pleased to see the excitement on their faces as I narrated it to them. If you enjoy reading children's stories than I would recommend this book you. Actually, I would recommend this book to people of all ages as it would be enjoyed by all.