Monday, 2 June 2014

June Barefoot Book of the Month

With long summer days on the horizon, dreams of being in a hot and sunny country are at the forefront of our minds. Our Barefoot Book of the Month for June takes us to the exotic plains of Zambia, where the African heat gets a little too much for a spirited group of animals. The Tortoise's Gift is a fun tale that can be read over and over again, with moral of the story becoming more and more prominent each time.

One hot, dry summer in Zambia, the rain stops falling. Soon, the animals are very hungry and thirsty. How can they recover? They have heard of a wonderful tree that can produce fruit, but it will only do so if it is asked by name—and no one can remember what it is called! The animals agree to send a messenger to the wise mountain to find out the name of the tree and bring it back. One by one, the animals set out, but remembering the name is not as easy as they had imagined.

The cheeky animals and the bright illustrations will keep young readers entertained as they learn that, just like the Hare, slow and steady wins the race. A great book for reading aloud, if you are a storyteller looking for a story that will engage an audience of mixed ages or an ideal book for children who have just started to read independently. This is one in a series of Animal Stories by the team at Barefoot Books.

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