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Flame and Hope: An African Adventure (Fauna Park Tales Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Flame's sad history is revealed through Hope's story telling as the dog brings all of the animals together to make a promise, a promise which will make Fauna Park a haven for all creatures who may need sanctuary.
I can see this being a wonderful bedtime story with younger children being able to follow along with the gentle illustrations and older ones enjoying falling in love with all the different creatures.
A lovely read set it a great animal filled world.
Coming from an African country I was intrigues by this book’s cover, beautifully done by the author herself as I later discovered. There is so much peace and tranquility depicted here, yet don't be fooled as a lot is happening in the pages of this book.
It is a story told from an animal’s point of view about what life on the African plains is like. And if you're looking to learn more about Africa, then this is the book for you.
The narration is charming and it will attract children and hold their attentions. The book's illustrations, beautiful and detailed, will enchant and bring the characters to life. This book is made to enchant as well as to teach a lesson or two along the way; about honor and commitment, never giving up hope and standing up for your friends.
Although it is a children’s book I can definitely say that adults will find it enjoyable as well, as it speaks to the child in all of us.
We are happy to know that there are more books to follow "Flame and Hope"!
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!
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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