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Jafta Paperback – May, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 530L (What's this?)
  • Series: Jafta Collection
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876144946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876144947
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,758,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sandshell on January 30, 2001
Format: Library Binding
This deceptively simple book provides a solid and strong read-aloud for the youngest listeners. The author helps children to name and put words to their strongly felt emotions. And the illustrator provides vibrant drawings of the animals named in each simile. Without screaming "multiculturalism", this lovely book also shares some of the environs of S. Africa. JAFTA has stood the test of time with my two toddlers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a nice little book to read to small children that still have trouble finding words to express themselves. I mean who hasn't felt cross and wanted to "stamp like an elephant" or "grumble like a warthog".

I certainly have felt like that, and I'm sure my children have too. [In fact, recently when we are out-of-sorts we did just that - stomped like elephants- until we fell down laughing like hyenas.]

But there is more here than that. Jafta nuzzles and wallows and swings from trees. See below for sample text:

When I get tired, I like lazing in the sun like a lizard,

or wallowing warm like a hippo,

and feeling cuddly like a lamb.

And,

Sometimes I want to be as tall as a giraffe,

as long as a snake.

And I want to run as fast as a cheetah,

as quick as an ostrich ...

Three Stars. [C+]. My children like the simple artwork in browns and creams that Jafta and the animals he `felt' like. They also liked that they could act out their feelings using animals.
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