Monday, 22 April 2013

It's always good to find out what others think ...
This one is from Bookchat in  South Africa

Book of the Month
Home Now
Lesley Beake
illustrated by Karin Littlewood

A hugely rewarding picture book about a lonely girl and a little elephant – by one of our top South African authors. Luminous, vibrant illustrations.

Lesley Beake is justly famous for such youth novels as The Strollers (now in its 22nd edition) and Song of Be which has been acclaimed internationally. Home Now is not her first picture book but it is certainly the most moving and lustrous so far. It shares the story of Sieta, a sad girl who thinks back to her previous home over the mountains when her parents were alive. They died of Aids, though this is only mentioned in an explanatory Afterword. Also lonely is a young orphaned elephant. Text and glowing pictures tell how they become friends and both find a new “Home Now”.
This should become a jewel in the crown of South African picture books, and added congratulations to Pan Macmillan for adding it to their Giraffe list and thus making it available in African languages. The story speaks in a language which is universal anyway. Welcome it to your home, your school and your library.
First published in UK by Frances Lincoln.
Now available in the Giraffe Books series from Pan Macmillan in English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Setswana and Sotho.

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