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A traditional story from Tanzania, from the Fipa tribe. There has been a drought and all the animals are hungry, but they cannot figure out how to get fruit from a tree. So they decide to ask the wise tortoise. Rabbit volunteers, but is told she is too small. The other animals all forgot for one reason or another, till Rabbit finally gets her turn . . . and succeeds. Vivid, saturated colors of illustrations are notable; even the animals (and their clothes!) are brightly colored. A decorative qua...more
Sep 10, 2011 Bethann rated it 4 of 5 stars
In this book, all the animals learned a wise lesson. They learned just because you are big doesn't mean you are more capable of something than someone who is small. The large animals went to the wise Tortoise's home three different times in order to learn how the name of the tree. All three times, the animals forgot the name. So the fourth time they sent a small animal, the rabbit. The rabbit tried to go each time! She remembered the name, and saved the animals from starving. The big animals lea...more
Jan 23, 2012 Shaley Dunn rated it 5 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is about a magical tree that had fruit on it all the time. The animals couldnt get the fruit down though so they went to the turtoise to get like a "password" for the fruit. It is about trusting someone you wouldnt think could accomplish the task. The only thing I didnt like about it was is it was a little repetitive.