4 out of 4 stars
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The Talking Baobab Tree by Nelda LaTeef is a children's story about a rabbit named Johari. When she gets lost in the desert, she makes an unexpected friend in the form of a talking baobab tree. The tree saves Johari's life by offering her some of her leaves and fruit. Johari compares the baobab tree to the Tree of Life and finds out that the baobab tree is called the Tree of Life by many.
The baobab tree gives Johari a gift by allowing her to know the passwords to go in and out of the tree trunk and see the hidden treasures left behind by others who had not come back for them. After being given a beautiful necklace, Johari leaves. It isn't long before someone notices her new necklace and wants to know where she found it. Her neighbor, the hyena, cannot be trusted. Will Johari tell the secrets of the baobab tree? To find out, you must read the book!
This book is written in a sweet, straightforward writing style that lends itself to children's ears well. I can imagine this book being read aloud to kids. The setting of the animal kingdom is a fantastic place to take children into a storytelling world.
The concepts of friendship, helpfulness, and those of danger and treachery, are essential to the lessons that this book has to offer. The way the author brought the insight of the baobab tree into the narrative is masterful and is what I liked most about this work.
The character development is exceptional in this story. I appreciated the depth of the personality that comes through in this writing. The way the baobab tree cares for the little rabbit is commendable and makes the reader like the tree right away.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and perfectly illustrate the African desert, where this story is set. Children will love going through this work to look at the pictures. The vivid painting and drawing provide an excellent backdrop for this tale.
I could find nothing to dislike in this book. It is a story with lessons and teachings about what to expect from others and how to treat others. The theme of nature that runs through the book makes this a pleasant read all the way through. It seems professionally edited. It will appeal to young and old alike. I can't think of anyone who would not like this book. For these reasons, I am rating this book 4 out of 4 stars.
The Talking Baobab Tree
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