Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
The First Bear in Africa!

The First Bear in Africa!

Spring 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Satomi Ichikawa
ISBN: 0-399-23485-3
Hardcover Price: $14.99
A remarkably accomplished illustrator, Satomi Ichikawa here makes a part of Africa come alive in her sympathetic watercolor paintings of a small village in the dry grasslands, its people and its animals. The wisp of a story concerns a small girl tourist who visits briefly on a safari with her parents. Alas, she leaves behind her stuffed animal -- a bear; and Meto, the African boy who finds it, succeeds, with the help of the local wild animals, in returning the little beast to its happy owner. It's not the story, but rather the setting and the believable African characters that make Ichikawa's work unusual and well worth looking at.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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