Books for all
By AVRIL VAN DER MERWE Illustrations by Heidi-Kate Greeff Penguin Random House
All the animals admire Rhinoceros’ beautiful horn. All except Hippopotamus, that is. She’s jealous and wants a horn of her own. So she comes up with a sly plan to steal Rhino’s horn and wear it herself.
But she soon discovers the heavy horn that Rhino wears with such grace brings her one misadventure after another. And far from admiring her new horn, the other animals laugh at her and are quick to point out a rhino horn belongs on a rhinoceros.
After one mishap too many, she finally returns the horn to its rightful owner – and learns that everybody has something special that others admire.
Isabella de Freitas (6) of Cape Town, who helped review the story, says, “The book is the best. It was sad when the hippo steals the rhino horn. But I like the part where the hippo gives the horn back. I also like the pictures a lot – especially the flamingo drawing.”
Her older sister, Katherine (10), is a bit sceptical about the logistics of the horn theft. But she insisted on reading it all the way to the end in one go.
Great illustrations and a lovely book to read to kids aged 3-6.