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Flame and Hope: An African Adventure (Fauna Park Tales Book 1) by [Botha, Maretha]
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Length: 84 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6997 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Publisher: LionheART Publishing; 2 edition (2 Mar. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06XDRQJQX
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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Having lived in southern Africa on the edge of a game reserve, Maretha Botha has first-hand experience of life in the region, and draws upon it to inform her stories. She is a champion of conservation, and keen to help young ones appreciate the importance of looking out for, and seeing the plight of many creatures, especially those in the wild.
Though this is a children’s book, it will be enjoyed by animal lovers of any age. It’s an entertaining adventure story that parents will enjoy reading to younger children, or will be appreciated by older independent readers. It’s thought provoking using the descriptive imagery of Africa to set the scene for the series to develop.
Flame and Hope are best friends, and the stories are told through the eyes of Hope. Since Hope is a bird perched high in an Acacia tree, he has an uninterrupted view of the remote cattle farm where Flame, a dog, lives. Flames and Hope are also friends with many other and varied animals and birds that live in the vicinity. On occasions the creatures gather around the tree where Hope is perched, and from where he recounts tales of past goings on.
This is a great writing device, and Maretha uses it well. Although the stories are engaging and well told, I have a slight reservation with the book for the newly independent reader: typically eight years old and upwards. Having said that, Roald Dahl’s Gobblefunk added over a thousand words to the English language of no relevance or meaning and his books are highly successful. Unlike Dahl, Maretha does include a dictionary in her book to help with pronunciation – look out Roald, you have a new contender chasing your heels…
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Flame and Hope: An African Adventure (Fauna Park Tales Book 1)I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
What a wonderful story, a bit sad at times, but all in all a great tale told from the perspective of Flame aka 'Jack Old Boy'.
Flame was a skinny puppy who's life was devastated by some strangers. His caretaker gave him over to a close friend in hopes that the small puppy would have a better life. As an adult dog, Flame relives his days with the help of a feathered friend as they tell his story to all the animals on the farm where he lives.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the illustrations throughout this book. I read this to my children and was very pleased to see the excitement on their faces as I narrated it to them.
If you enjoy reading children's stories than I would recommend this book you. Actually, I would recommend this book to people of all ages as it would be enjoyed by all.
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Maretha sent me Flame and Hope & Friends and asked me to comment. Oh dear! I don't like anthropomorphic stories. I need not have worried, these stories are charming and the animals have the characteristics of animals and don't behave like little people - not a pinny or waistcoat in sight. A moral message gets across subtly with no preachiness. I think younger children will enjoy having these stories read to them, and grown ups will enjoy reading them. Older children will be able to read for themselves and will enjoy the made up words such as humanlang and faunalang. They will also learn something about Africa.
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The introduction is gradual, as Hope, the narrator, appears as if through a mist. Is he a bird - maybe an owl?
Descriptions stay in my mind, like the two puppies who "wagged their tails in different directions" - so vivid and real.
The sadness of some stories is alleviated at appropriate times by the chit-chatter between Hope and Flame the doggy hero, and their animal friends.
I love the scene of Dolly cat licking Flame's nose and "whispurring".
Titbits of information are let loose, interspersing with the events of this captivating tale, making it an educational experience for young - and not so young - readers; like Flame having to make his jaws strong and keep his teeth clean by chewing on meaty bones.
The place names are wonderfully chosen: Molodi, Llokodi and Molapo. And I love the way Hope appears to see through the walls of the farmhouse and knows exactly what all the humans and animals are doing behind closed doors.
There is a dramatic grass fire, and again, Hope has all-seeing eyes while the tale educates its readers on how to deal with such situations and how they might be caused.
Words are charmingly turned into childspeak: "new moaning" for pneumonia, "reserve war" for reservoir, "art'tree" for artery.
There are so many dimensions to this endearing collection of bite-sized story-chapters, just the right length for young minds to cope with, perhaps at bed-time. And the illustrations have a charm all their own.
Well done, Maretha!
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It has been many a long year since I last read a children’s book to my son, but, had the likes of this been available some 40 years ago, then I could not have done better. I liked Hope and Flame, the story that they told, and of course all of the porch animals who came to life in both words and pictures. A great start to a series by a talented author. Well done!
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