Friday, July 29, 2011

Children's Book Review: The Lion's Deceit by Mpho Otukile

Picture Book
Ages: 3 years and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Trim size: 6x9
ISBN:  978-0-9867460-0-0


A lazy lion goes against his real nature by tricking other animals so he can get some food without hunting. Will the lion get away with his plot? Find out in this beautifully illustrated story.

My Review:

This is my first book that I am reviewing from Village Life Books.  I am so glad I found out about this book and publisher.  Village Life Books is a new press publishing children picture books that focus on African stories and folktales. The vibrant illustrations and humorous stories are entertaining and can be enjoyed by both adults and children. The Lion's Deceit is the first book, and what a great book it is.  I just loved the beautiful illustrations, that made the story come alive.  
Just look at some of the beautiful illustrations:

This easy to read book will keep your young child's attention, all while teaching them an important lesson.  Read along as you follow a lion who pretends to be sick to get out of hunting.  He fools the other animals in the jungle, until the jackal figures out what the lion is doing.  Moms, please be aware that the lion eats the other animals in the book.  Many children will not catch on to this, but in writing about the jungle and how animals like the lion survive by eating other animals, it does a good job in telling the real story, while not being too graphic for young readers.

Share this cute book by Mpho today, and talk about the consequences of lying and deceit with your child afterwards.  This book makes a great teaching tool.  So, if you are looking for a book to read with your young children this summer, why not pick up The Lion's Deceit today.



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More About Village Life Books (taken from their website):

"Our founder grew up in Botswana, Africa and has very special memories of growing up in the rural village in Botswana. At Village Life Books, our goal is to bring together resources which share the positive aspect of growing up in Africa with the world by sharing some of the old stories that our village elders and grandparents shared with us.

Storytelling in Africa is maintained by oral tradition. The stories play a very important role in the lives of the children. They help solve problems and teach moral values. Without grandparents and elders to tell the stories, the stories are often lost.  Village Life Books provides a means to preserve these stories in a modern way."!/villagelifebook

About the Author

Mpho Otukile comes from Botswana, in the Southern part of Africa where she grew up listening to stories told by the village elders at night while sitting around an open fire. As much as she was entertained, these stories also instilled some moral lessons about life. The author now lives in Winnipeg, Canada and is writing these stories to pass them to her daughter and other children. 

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Disclosure: This is a MamaBuzz review I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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