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Gift of the Sun: A Tale from South Africa Hardcover – September 1, 1996

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From Publishers Weekly

The South African creators of The Dove turn out a lighthearted story about a husband and wife and their small farm. Trying to reduce his workload so as to spend more time basking in the sun, Thulani decides to sell their cow and buy a goat instead ("I'm tired of all this milking," he says to himself). When the goat eats the couple's entire store of dried corn, Thulani sells it and gets a sheep instead. This sequential tale has the fellow replacing one animal after another, until finally he trades three geese for some sunflower seeds that unexpectedly change the farm's fortunes and cure Thulani of his lazy ways. Kids will be pleased as the story comes satisfyingly full-circle with Thulani's reform effected without any didacticism. Creatively tinkering with traditional perspective and scale, Daly's comically detailed, folk art-like pictures have the same playfulness as Stewart's storytelling. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 1-3?Thulani loves to spend his days sitting in the sun and hates to have his leisure interrupted by chores. Tired of milking the cow, he trades her in for a goat. When the goat gets into the corn seed, he exchanges it for a sheep. When shearing it is too much trouble, he buys some geese. With each trade, his hard-working wife becomes more and more exasperated. Thinking to please her, the man exchanges the geese for a bag of seeds. But when they sprout, Dora is more upset than ever. It seems that he won't ever make her happy. However, when Thulani feeds the sunflower seeds to the chickens, the hens begin to lay more eggs, and, in the end, the story has come full circle. Dora is delighted, and Thulani is now busy trading animals. His favorite time of day is milking time?when he can finally sit down and have a quiet think. Daly's paintings add to the charm of this story. Bright gold end papers scattered with seeds introduce the good-humored mood. The color scheme of soft greens and golds emphasizes the warm pastoral setting. This is a fresh, funny variation on the "Lazy Jack" theme, with illustrations done in a folkart style and filled with little details of South African rural life.?Barbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farrar Straus & Giroux; 1ST edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0374324255
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0374324254
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 - 8 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 630L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 1 - 2
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11 x 0.5 x 8.75 inches
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5.0 out of 5 stars A nice story
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