Review of Animal Village

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Animal Village" by Nelda LaTeef.]
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Animal Village is a children's book written and illustrated by Nelda LaTeef. The author notes that the artwork “is done in acrylic, Indian ink and collage on art board.” I do not know what that means from a technical perspective, but from an observer’s standpoint, that phrase translates into gorgeous, bold, richly colorful scenes that transported me to the heart of West Africa, where the story unfolds.

When I received this book, I did not open it right away. I let it rest on top of my bookcase and admired the cover every time I passed by. Sensing the illustrations would be worth savoring, I did not want to rush into the story.

Chief Zamboha, the lion king, was helpless in the face of a drought that was ravaging the land of the Zarma. When he called a meeting of all the animals in the village to ask for ideas, the tortoise Timba was the only one who offered a suggestion. Her wisdom came from the “old stories” passed down from the elders, describing a solution that worked long ago. Will her solution work? Will the other animals trust advice from so long ago?

The author bookends the tale with information that enhances the story. At the beginning, interesting facts about the Sahara and Africa overall are listed beside a map of Africa with the countries in brilliant colors. After the story, the author shares she was inspired to write this book when she heard a narrative told by a griot, those in a village who are entrusted to pass down the “old stories.” The challenge presented in this book is also quite relevant to the sub-Saharan region, as drought is an ongoing issue in the area.

In the adventure, there are examples of setting aside one’s pride for the sake of others. There are also scenes highlighting the need for unity to survive. I admired Chief Zamboha. He was wise enough to ask for help when he could not come up with a solution to the drought. He knew the animals in his village well—both their strengths and weaknesses. And he knew when to lead and when to follow.

There was absolutely nothing I disliked about this read. I was motivated to learn more about Africa, and I was in awe of the quality of the illustrations. I felt totally immersed in the story.

It is my pleasure to rate Animal Village 4 out of 4 stars. It is an exceptionally well-edited and well-illustrated 28-page experience. The font is easy to read and does not distract from the full-page artwork. This book is recommended for ages 4 to 8, but readers would benefit from having an adult guide discussion around the educational elements surrounding the tale.

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It feels like a great read, not only because it is set in Africa, but also because the illustrations seem really beautiful from your description. Thanks for the great review!
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I used to like such a story book like this. It's interesting that the book features some moral lesson like the need for unity to survive. well done for this review.
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I am very keen to see the illustrations as I am from Africa. The combination of vibrant pictures and a delightful story can only make this a must-read. Thanks for another wonderful review!
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I've always been a fan of animal stories, I've noticed most animal stories pass a message of life(greed, wisdom etc) so I'll definitely read the book. Thanks for the review
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This reminds me of the stories of the animal kingdom with the tortoise being the wisest, which we always used to listen to when we were little.
I wonder what tortoise did this time. Did he genuinely help, or try to trick everyone as usual?
I believe I will love this book.

Thanks for the lovely review.
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DyanaFl wrote: 19 Nov 2021, 09:51 It feels like a great read, not only because it is set in Africa, but also because the illustrations seem really beautiful from your description. Thanks for the great review!
I believe this book has the best illustrations of any children’s book I have reviewed. This was a lovely reading experience.
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GideonWrites Review wrote: 19 Nov 2021, 14:40 I used to like such a story book like this. It's interesting that the book features some moral lesson like the need for unity to survive. well done for this review.
Yes, this story has some moral lessons, and even a surprise at the end! Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.
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Fareed Regal wrote: 19 Nov 2021, 16:34 I am very keen to see the illustrations as I am from Africa. The combination of vibrant pictures and a delightful story can only make this a must-read. Thanks for another wonderful review!
The illustrations were breathtaking. There must be something about working with acrylic, Indian ink and collage on art board. :) Through the artwork, I felt as if I visited your beautiful continent. The landscapes seemed so real.

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Can I first say that the cover is absolutely beautiful! I read and loved such stories as a kid, especially the characters (the wise tortoise, the lazy hyena, and the cunning hare). I'm certain children will love this story, not to mention the illustrations and the moral lessons that come with it. Thanks for the excellent review!
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I would love to find out more about Africa! The illustrations seem very appealing, and that is a very important aspect for a children's book. Lovely review!
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"that phrase translates into gorgeous, bold, richly colorful scenes " - This statement has already earned the book a few points. I like it when authors make an effort to ensure the book is aesthetically pleasing and the contents is also top-notch. Awesome review.
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I enjoy reading children’s books, especially when it has colourful illustrations in it. I’m sure kids will love this book. Thanks for your beautiful review!
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This book sounds very informative. Not only for children but adults too. The illustrations are a wonderful bonus. Great review! :D
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I liked how this book brings the reader especially the kids in West Africa. I want to consider reading this book. Thanks for sharing this incredibly written book.
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