Tuesday, 3 November 2020

The Brave Little African Girl - Book review

The Brave Little African Girl - book review
The Brave Little African Girl

We got this little gem of a book to review: The Brave Little African Girl, by Thabitha Mathabatha. It's so satisfying when you enjoy the character and the storyline, AND there's a life lesson that lingers on. Our children are going through a difficult time with regards loss. Loss of normal life and the tragic loss of loved ones. The book learns us about the importance of the "Village". It takes a village to raise a child. Society can help children dealing with loss and depression. 

This is a great book for girl and boys 5 - 10 years of age.

The Brave Little African GirlThe Brave Little African Girl by Thabitha Mathabatha
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fofo is a young African girl, growing up in a African village, while her mother is away working in the city. She is fiercely independent, and wants to explore by herself. She founds a lion cub, but does not realise how dangerous the situation is. She has to give up the cub, which leaves her sad and grieving. Luckily her mother and the adults make a plan to help her deal with the loss.
We love the portrayal of village life, growing up in natural surroundings with siblings, and surrounded by caring adults. The mental health of children is meant to be protected, and nourished. This is a great reminder to adults and children that love and encouragement from a "village" makes all the difference, and that we can smile again.
I would recommend this book to all girls and boys from 5 to 10 years.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of this book for a honest review.

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