Sunday 5 July 2020
Under The Great Plum Tree by Sufiya Ahmed and Reza Dalvand, reviewed by Pippa Goodhart
This is a story of a kind monkey, gold-hearted, Miss Bandari, who is feeds plums from her tree to a tired and hungry old crocodile, Mr Magarmach.
The silly old crocodile is a show-off, telling stories of brave deeds done in the past. Then he offers to take Miss Bandari for lunch in the swamp ... where King Crocodile awaits, and is hungry. But clever elephant Dame Hati saves both Miss Bandari and her friendship with silly old Mr Magarmach.
This handsome hardback book is full of beauty. Reza Dalvand's pictures could be a starting point for wonderful child artwork, maybe dressing animal story characters, maybe making their setting beautiful, maybe creating the fiercest crocodile.
And the story would be a good starting point to discussion about the different qualities that different characters bring to a friendship group. A story that could make for an excellent assembly, either told from the book or acted out by children.
Published by Tiny Owl
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