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Length: 114 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 7 - 10 Grade Level: 2 - 5
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Gr 2–5—Eight-year-old Precious Ramostswe lives in a village in Botswana and wants to be a detective when she grows up. There are two new students at her school, a brother and sister, Teb and Pontsho, who have a comical pet meerkat named Kosi. The three kids and Kosi quickly become friends as they begin an adventure to find Teb and Pontsho's family's missing cow. Precious is a caring soul who learns that her new friends are poor and that the missing cow has an extraordinary impact on a family that has very little. She then embarks on a journey to find the missing cow, learns a few lessons along the way, and helps her new friends. Listeners will enjoy collecting clues along the way to help Precious solve the mystery. In this tale (Anchor, 2013) rich with lessons about the culture and people of an African village, Smith weaves many lessons that can be taken from the audiobook and integrated into a classroom setting. Having the print version paired with the audio would be beneficial for some students as narrator Adjoa Andoh frequently rolls her r's, which could prove to be distracting for younger listeners as they attempt to understand and follow the storyline independently.—Jessica Gilcreast, Bedford, NH

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*Starred Review* If a young reader—or an older one, for that matter—were to flip through this chapter book, that reader would likely be drawn in by McIntosh’s witty line drawings, the same kind of illustrations that inform and amuse in previous McCall Smith books. For example, a map of Africa with a Monty Python–esque finger pointing south at Botswana; a meerkat perched atop of a lady’s head; and two pages bordered by cow, rabbit, elephant, and snake tracks. But, of course, there is so much more in store. This third book starring the future proprietor of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe, begins with the arrival of two new schoolkids, a brother and sister so poor that they must walk barefoot through the brush. They do, however, possess a treasure: an inquisitive, funny pet meerkat. McCall Smith weaves into the mystery charming and exciting side adventures, like how Precious’ father uses a hat and stick to keep an angry ostrich from attacking, or how the meerkat cleverly defeats a cobra. The central mystery is the disappearance of the poor family’s cow, and Precious uses her soon-to-be-patented skills to find it. A marvelous chapter book ideal for young readers, and, really, all fans of McCall Smith. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: McCall Smith is a publishing powerhouse, and his efforts on the youth side are starting to gain the kind of momentum he has with adults. Grades 3-6. --Connie Fletcher

Product details

  • File Size: 9855 KB
  • Print Length: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (October 22, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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