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A children's book which touches on environmental issues through the experiences of Nagomo. Beautifully illustrated, this book is sure to please children and adults alike.
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A fable for our time in the tradition of Aesop, La Fontaine, and Kipling. This beautifully illustrated children's book focuses on the "hot" environmental issues of today. Through the techniques of magic and imagery, this story in fable form teaches children about the thorny problems currently facing animals and humans. Its purpose is to give children insight into such ideas as conservation, habitat destruction, overpopulation, poaching, and extinction, by looking at certain endangered animals, including the rhino, elephant, addax, cheetah, and gorilla. The story is projected through the eyes of an eight-year-old native boy from Zaire and his magical friend and mentor, the Patron Wizard of the animals of Africa. Guaranteed to delight young and old alike. Foreword by Michael Dee, curator of the Los Angeles Zoo. Recommended for ages seven through adult.From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-5-- There is a need to inform children about the serious environmental issues facing the world today, and the most effective means is to provide good, balanced, factual information such as Margery Facklam's And Then There Was One: Mysteries of Extinction (Little, 1990). No matter how worthy its message, this book just falls flat. Nagomo, a young boy living in Zaire, behaves unfeelingly toward animals until Kamanda, a wizard, appears and proceeds to whisk the boy off to visit vari ous endangered species--the cheetah, the addax, the elephant, the black rhino, the mountain gorilla. Through these personal encounters, Nagomo learns to appreciate the animals' plight, returning home a reformed child. The point of the book is well taken, but the story is contrived, predictable, and dull. The fantasy framework is inappropriate for the subject matter, and most young readers will sense that they're getting a lecture rather than a story. Also, the illustrations are uninspired and amateurish. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
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Book Description Safari Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0940143305