Rabbit and Elephant’s Tug of War (African Folk Tales for Children) – Karen Perkins & Peter Mutanda

Reviewed for and on behalf of the Kindle Book review


I read this book on the Kindle for ipad app, and so I cannot comment on how this appears on older (black and white) kindle models.


The story itself reminded me of the books I read as a child that had a strong moral to them. This is a nice story to read with your child and prompt further discussion about the themes it explores.


It is reasonably well written but I was really disapointed with the overall finish of the book. The images looked like generic clip art images, rather than an illustration created for the book, and there were some graphics that I just didn’t understand how they fit. I think that had the publishers spent a little more time on polishing the final product they would have a much stronger book.


My experience is that many children are drawn to books by their artwork and I, sadly, can’t see this book engaging children on that level. Books aimed at children of this age work much better if they are bright and colourful and allow the children to recognise where the story if up to from the illustrations. I’m afraid that for me, the generic rabbit and elephant images just don’t do it for me.


A potential gem let down by a lacklustre finish.

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