by Taya V. Skleike
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2017
Format: Hardcover, 36 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Sub-Saharan Publishers
Publisher: Sub-Saharan Publishers
Parent Company: Sub-Saharan Publishers
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Animal Village, a children’s picture book, is an authentic folk tale from the Zarma culture of West Africa about a tortoise who saves her village from the ravages of drought with wisdom passed down from an “old story.” Nelda LaTeef’s colorful and strikingly brilliant montage of illustrations, in acrylic and collage, captures the richness and vibrancy of the sub-Saharan culture from which the story springs.
The story is especially relevant to sub-Saharan Africa as it focuses on the devastation of drought and the importance of received knowledge. With its dual themes of wisdom and grit, the book happily entertains while it teaches the importance of hard work and persistence as keys to success.
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