4 out of 4 stars
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The talking Baobab Tree by Nelda LaTeef is a unique and charming folk tale about keeping your word. The folk tale itself is a wondrous blend of whimsical fairytale and cemented Senegal history spun for adults and children alike to understand and appreciate the wisdom.
The book as a whole is positive; as it ventures to take once orally conveyed traditions, history, and treasured lessons to a new and expansive audience. Children especially will learn a great deal of character building traits; as well as, an almost forgotten past and history with ease.
The drawback to the book is that it is short. The movement of the story gets misted over and creates a choppy segway towards the end. This in no way detracts from the story itself but does create a little distortion for the sharp eye. As a children's book this can, in general, be excused; to keep young audiences engaged to the end.
I give this book a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The book has wonderful illustrations and is in balance with the story itself. The book appears to be professionally edited and can be a wonderful book for children and adults alike to enjoy. While the book is short it is full of gems of wisdom and lessons.
The audience for this book is targeted at young children; toddlers to approximately five-years-old. This book carries a vast amount of forgotten tribal history and lessons in the form of gems, which even adults could do well being reminded of. This is a feel-good children's book that makes you enjoy learning. I highly recommend this book for all to consider.
The Talking Baobab Tree
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