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Children's Fiction African

The Wild Beast Read-Along

by (author) Eric Walters

illustrated by Sue Todd

read by Christian Down

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2018
Category
African, Africa, General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459822597
    Publish Date
    Sep 2018
    List Price
    $9.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5

Description

Inspired by a story told to the author while on safari in 2015, The Wild Beast describes the creation of one of Africa's most unusual animals, the wildebeest. According to oral tradition, the Creator built this unique beast out of leftover parts from other magnificent animals found on the continent. Horns from buffalos and stripes meant for zebras. Tails from giraffes and bumps meant for camels. This creative retelling will introduce little ones to a story rich in both imagery and in lesson: Take what you need to live. Take no more. Waste nothing.

About the authors

Eric Walters is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling novels for children and young adults. His novels have won numerous awards, including the Silver Birch, Blue Heron, Red Maple, Snow Willow, Ruth Schwartz, and Tiny Torgi, and have received honours from the Canadian Library Association Book Awards and UNESCO's international award for Literature in Service of Tolerance.

Eric lives in Mississauga with his wife, Anita, and three children, Christina, Nicholas, and Julia. When not writing or touring across the country speaking to school groups, Eric spends time playing or watching soccer and basketball, or playing the saxophone.

To find out more about Eric and his novels, or to arrange for him to speak at your school, visit his website at www.ericwalters.net.

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Sue Todd is an award-winning illustrator living in Toronto, Ontario. She is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). Sue began her career as a freelance designer in retail advertising. For a more creative outlet, she took up linoleum carving, an ancient printmaking technique similar to woodcut, and developed a unique style of art that led to a career in illustration. Sue has created images for a wide range of clients, from advertising and corporate to editorial and publishing, including illustrations for An African Alphabet and The Wild Beast.

 

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Christian Down is a producer, musician and voice actor from Victoria, British Columbia.

 

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Awards

  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“Beautifully told, in words and vibrant images...A delightful tale when studying myths and legends.”

The International Educator

"This African story is short in length, but abundant with beautiful art and meaning."

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"A satisfying, accessible myth, and audiences will want to hear the story over and over. The detailed illustrations fill the pages and are very effective, even when seen from afar. This will be a lovely addition for any folk tale collection."

School Library Connection

"Gorgeous! There are a number of notable aspects starting with the fact that the creator is female, a delightful touch…The Wild Beast is an enjoyable read and a pleasurable journey through the illustrations. A great addition to any home or library. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

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