When Hippo Was Hairy and Other Tales from Africa

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9780812045482: When Hippo Was Hairy and Other Tales from Africa

This unusual book mixes fact and fiction to the delight and fascination of older children. In it, 36 stories have been collected from authentic African folklore and mythology--stories rarely if ever, heard before. Each is introduced with a beautiful color illustration. Factual information about each animal follows each tale.

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About the Author:

Nick Greaves was born and educated in England, where he studied geology and environmental sciences before leaving to work in souther Africa. His work as a geologist took him to many of the remote and unspoiled regions of South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Namibia. There he developed a lasting fascination for the wildlife and its varied, often fragile habitat. He now lives in Zimbabwe.

Rod Clement is a well-known author, illustrator and cartoonist. He has written and illustrated "Grandpa's Teeth" and "Just Another Ordinary Day" and illustrated "Edward the Emu" and "Edwina the Emu, " both written by Sheena Knowles. He is also a caricaturist for several Australian newspapers. Mr. Clement lives in Sydney, Australia.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-6 A handsome volume with an unusual format. Thirty-six African folktales, each with tribal identification, give imaginative reasons for certain animal characteristics: why the cheeks of the cheetah are stained with tears, how the jackal got his markings, why the ostrich has a long neck. Familiar animals such as the lion, leopard, hyena, and elephant appear along with the lesser-known waterbuck, tsessebe, and dassie. After each folklore section, a page provides factual information about the beast. A chart lists basics such as height, weight, and lifespan; a map shows distribution on the continent; the text describes identifying features, habitat, habits, diet, and breeding. Occasionally the text in this section teeters toward fictionalizing. Can an animal's hunting technique be "sophisticated?" Does a zebra kick with "murderous intent?" But these are quibblesthe prose is clear, lively, and fun to read. The numerous illustrations are superb. They include black-and-white sketches and small color pictures at the head of each section. Best of all, part way through each tale, the book opens to a full-color double-page spread of the animal in an arresting pose. Physically, the book appeals with its glossy pages, red chapter headings, and well-designed layout. Ellen D. Warwick, Robbins Junior Library, Arlington, ass.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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