- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Flame and Hope: An African Adventure (Fauna Park Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
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…
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just finished reading this and all I can say is WOWSERS! I know I'm not the age group that it was written for, but I loved every word of this book! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amanda George
Good read. When i have kids of my own, i reckon they'll love Maretha's Fauna Park series.Published 13 months ago by Gregory Oma
An engaging story told in well-crafted prose. Ideal material for parent and child reading, it's enhanced by high-quality illustrations. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronald W. Sharp
A beautifully crafted and atmospheric tale from Africa. More than simply an adventure story with animals, this book brings a warm glow from the African landscape, a colourful... Read morePublished 23 months ago by B. Akhtar
Although elderly, I thoroughly enjoyed Maretha's book. In fact, I couldn't put it down!Published on 1 Mar. 2015 by greenjean
Well written, set out in an engaging way and a peppering of humour that appeals to children and adults alike. Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2015 by Mrs. L. Wilkinson
The story of Flame, who starts life as a stunted, skinny puppy, who grows into a handsome farm dog who creates Fauna Park where animals of all kinds declare a pact to look out for... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2015 by Jane63
An African Adventure: Flame and Hope is a creatively woven tale that will keep you delighted from the first page to the very last. Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2014 by Jack A.