This isn’t a book I would normally choose to read but as I won a copy in the recent RRBC Springtime Book and Blog Party, combined with today’s beautiful sunshine – well it just seemed the perfect combination for a relaxing afternoon read.
So today’s book is:
Flame and Hope: An African Adventure (Fauna Park Tales Book 1) by Maretha Botha
Blurb: “Flame and Hope: An African Adventure” is the first book of the series called “Fauna Park Tales” based on “African Adventures of Flame, Family, Furry and Feathered Friends”, a GOLD MEDAL WINNER on Authonomy, supported by HarperCollins. The following is an excerpt from the HarperCollins Children’s Editor Review:
“A vivid and engaging world of animal characters . . . the use of cleverly animalised verbs is very creative – Dolly Cat’s ‘whispurr’. The exploration of interrelationships between animals is a very successful topic in the children’s literature genre, and you have created some great personalities – the stubborn goat ‘Plump-Grump’ and the conceited ‘His Handsomeness, King Rat’ being some of my favourites . . .”
Life takes strange turns for Flame, a puppy born in the African desert. Adopted by a free-range cattle farmer, the pup faces the challenge of proving himself to more than one of his new family.
As Flame grows into a strong and brave dog, he finds friendship with many loyal furry and feathered friends who help him to keep The Promise – protecting the helpless ones in Fauna Park, a secret sanctuary within the boundaries of the farm.
One of his feathered friends is Hope, an elusive bird with strange pink eyelids who tells stories about a tall leader and his gang of villainous poachers, ups and downs of life in the bush and Flame’s ingenious plans to banish foes to the Llokodi Hills.
These stories are perfect to be read before bedtime to younger children. Preteens will enjoy escaping into an imaginary world where many bush creatures always have hope that everything ends well when the sun goes down.
My thoughts: This is an adorable animal tale told through the eyes of the animals in question, the central characters being a dog called Flame and a brightly coloured bird, Hope. The animals act in a way that all children would like to imagine, having meetings and talking together – but they are still animals being animals, the author doesn’t try to humanise them in any way.
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.