- Paperback: 29 pages
- Publisher: Independently published
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1973206528
- ISBN-13: 978-1973206521
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 109 g
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The Elephant and the Sheep Paperback
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5Stars"A picture book absolutely bursting with color. and filled with a happy, warm tale of an unlikely friendship"5StarsI love that this tale is inspired by true events - how wonderful to encourage young readers to be mindful of nature and the amazing, loving qualities of animals all around the world even in the most unlikely of combinations!Albert and Themba slowly become friends, bonding initially over the Big Bad Thirst (a nasty drought). They learn to make the most of a bad situation however and continue to have fun and share what they have; a lovely message for little readers, told through the eyes of two really cute, fun and memorable characters.Beautiful illustrations, a lovely message of friendship and overcoming life struggles and of course, as this author does so well, another fantastic story showcasing the brilliance of our furry (or not so furry!) friends.This is the kind of story children read and then beg to have a stuffed animal of their favorite character....trust me, I know!"(Rebecca Evans Reviewer )5Stars5 Stars "I am a big fan of Patricia and her style of writing. She certainly knows how to capture the imagination and each book has the ability to engage the reader no matter what the age and I would happily recommend them to anyone with young children." (Mandie Griffiths, Reviewer)When a lamb meets an elephant calf the two are happy to share a small patch of grass and a tiny water puddle available during the Big-Bad Thirst. None of the two notices how different their bodies are, as the two are happy to spend their days together. Soon the sheep wishes that he, too, could arrive first at their meeting place and so he wakes up earlier and earlier each day. But no matter how hard he tries he cannot arrive before the elephant - because the elephant never left their tree, not having a home of his own. The sheep invites friend elephant to join her and her flock so that he will also have a family
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The story is written as a poem. The rhyme and meter are inconsistent, but overall they help create a story that is fun to read aloud to children. The illustrations are attractive and colorful. Some of the clip art pieces were a bit blurry, but the four-year old I read the book with did not mind at all. She very much enjoyed looking at all the bright, cheerful illustrations, especially the colorful suns
The names of the main characters are not mentioned for several pages. The main characters are originally referred to as “two tails”, which could be disorienting for children reading the book alone. The reader learns that Themba sleeps all night under the tree where Albert and Themba play, but it is never directly stated that Themba is an orphan who does not have a home. Younger children will likely need an adult who can explain Themba’s situation to them. The ending of the book lends itself nicely to further discussion with children about the importance of kindness, family and generosity.
In the story we are introduced to Albert the sheep and Themba the elephant. They meet at the watering hole every day during the Big Bad Thirst. Each day the rain doesn’t come. Despite the drought they frolic and play games together. They share food and laughter, and enjoy each other’s company.
Themba gets to the watering hole first every day. Albert wonders how Themba manages to get there first. One day Albert doesn’t go back to the farm, he hides and waits for Themba to leave so he can get to the watering hole first and surprise Themba. Albert sees that Themba is still there and is saddened by the realisation that Themba must be lonely.
Albert invites Themba to come and live with him on the farm with the other sheep and be part of his family. As this happens, the much-needed rain starts to fall. This is a lovely, fitting, ending to the story.
Two unlikely animals become the best of friends despite their diverse physical differences. This is yet another excellent story from the author that special bonds can form between two completely different species.
The rhyming is gentle and has a nice motion to it. I almost didn’t notice the rhyming because the story was so beautifully engaging.
Children will love the illustrations. They are delightfully simple and colourful. Both boys and girls will enjoy this wonderful friendship story from Patricia Furstenberg.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Book Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Genre: children’s, animals, poetry
Publication date: November 12, 2017
Number of pages: 28
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
Inspired by a true story, the unlikely pair become friends during the Big-Bad Thirst when water shortages mean they are brought together in their search for water.
Heart warming and sweet, the message of friendship and kindness is ever strong with lovely bold, colourful illustrations to keep young listeners enthralled.