4 out of 4 stars
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Many people often wonder whether anything good can come out of a desert. While this isn’t well known, a baobab tree, which grows in the desert, has several benefits. The Talking Baobab Tree by an award-winning author and illustrator, Nelda LaTeef is a fictional children’s book that aims to not only entertain but also teach children about the importance of morality.
With only twenty-three pages, this book captures the adventure of a rabbit in the desert. It is written from the third person’s point of view, and in the simple past tense. The book also contains illustrations on each page.
The story has three main characters: the rabbit, the baobab tree, and the hyena. It begins with Johari, the rabbit, being lost and trapped in the blazing desert. Then fate smiles upon her and she sees the most enormous trunk she had ever seen. She eventually finds a shade and falls asleep. Then, upon waking up, she hears a deep booming voice inquiring, “Did you have a good nap?” Johari becomes very surprised and scared. She, however, later learns that it was the baobab tree. What did the tree want? Was the rabbit hurt? Read this book to find out.
I liked several things about this book. First, the book contains some information that even adults will find amazing. For instance, few people know that a baobab tree has a fruit and that this fruit has up to six times as much Vitamin C content as an orange fruit. Second, it is very easy to read because of the use of simple vocabulary, is full of visually appealing illustrations, and has several lessons to learn. Some of these lessons include the importance of asking questions as a way of acquiring knowledge and the importance of trust and loyalty. The book also has several proverbs and wise sayings, which will instill wisdom in the minds of its readers. Since I didn’t find any grammatical errors while reading, this book was exceptionally edited.
In conclusion, this is a brilliant book. I enjoyed reading it. The only flaw I noticed is that, since its target audience is children between the age of eight and thirteen years old, the font used was very tiny. Children of this age group will find it hard to read it. Despite this flaw, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. This is because the flaw didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book at all. I recommend it to children below the age of thirteen. However, because of its tiny fonts, some children may need guidance from their parents or teachers to fully enjoy their reading. I can’t think of any groups of people who wouldn’t enjoy the book.
The Talking Baobab Tree
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