by Mairi Mackinnon, for the 'Usborne First Reading' series of books.
This particular book is : LEVEL THREE.
From the back cover:-
'In this lovely African tale, set long, long ago, the leopard has a splendid new drum - and the Sky God wants it. Along the way, the tortoise gets a shell and thunder is made for the very first time......'
Attractive and durable board covers open to 48 high quality shiny pages in the popular 2-page spread format. Numbered pages. Beautifully illustrated throughout, by Ali Lodge, in vibrant colours, this super book is further enhanced by meaningful expressions and some speech bubbles. Complete with bright yellow ribbon bookmark! Clear, easy-to-read text, enhanced in places for effect.
Example of text:-
'This story is about the Sky God, the leopard, his drum, the python, the elephant and the tortoise. Long ago, when the world was new, the animals lived in the forest. High up above lived the Sky God. One day, the Sky God heard a wonderful sound. He leaned down and looked through the trees. There was the leopard, playing a great drum..........'
But the leopard is reluctant to share his drum......with the Sky God, or anything else which tries to persuade him......for that matter, until the tortoise successfully uses some reverse psychology and is suitably rewarded!