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Author: Marianne Parry
Illustrator: Dave Hill
Publisher: Troubadour Publishing, Matador
Date of Publication: January 28th, 2013
The cover of this book had me imagining this would be a largely picture book, but it isn’t. Actually it is much better and very appropriate for the target age range. It has three distinct stories, the first two of which are short stories and the third is longer, divided into chapters. Each story concerns the antics of on particular young mammal – the first is a lion cub, the second a bear and the third an elephant. In each story, the young mammal encounters and interacts with other animals, sometimes making assumptions but always with some hilarious incidents. It is a relatively quick but thoroughly enjoyable read though I suspect a few more of the lovely illustrations would increase its appeal to less fluent readers.
Teachers may also find the book of interest as the stories help demonstrate how perceptions of life change with experience and age without being condescending. The language and illustrations are highly appropriate for the target audience and the book would also be an enjoyable one to share with others.
Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
Glory is an inquisitive lion cub who would like to have his fur patterned like the cheetah, the zebra and the snake as he meets each one. He also wants to know their names but he is amazed to find that each share the same one – ‘Dunno’! When Glory meets a young elephant with the same name, but with two ‘tails’, he is even more intrigued. He quickly discovers that mud baths are not suitable for lions but it is many years before he realises what ‘Dunno’ means.
Magnus is a young elephant who decides that he would like to be a doctor. As he comes across sick or injured animals, he tries to make them better using methods he has seen other creatures use. The patients pretend to be very grateful and Magnus is happy with himself. Gradually, however, he learns that each animal has their own type of medicine and when a young cow elephant catches his eye, he decides he just wants to be a grown-up elephant.
Benedict is a dark brown bear from North America who mistakes the humming of telephone wires for bees. Climbing the telegraph pole in search for honey, he is amazed to hear a voice coming over the wires – it’s Polar Bear from the Arctic. Benedict is amazed to learn that other bears are white and he listens eagerly to how polar bears can travel across ice. When he tries to tell his family, they laugh at him and he wonders if he has been dreaming.
Glory the Lion Cub and the Dunnos brings together three different animal stories that will be enjoyed by children between the age of seven and nine.
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