A gentle delight to read in this modern world of violence, racism and lack of friendship
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Jay Heale (reviewer of youth literature via the Bookchat Newsletter, Children’s Book Network and Book Choice on Fine Music Radio) on Nicko – The Tale of a Vervet Monkey on an African Farm:

“Oh, what a pleasure! Light animal anecdotes, told originally by Alice Kirk about the very mixed family on her farm in the KZN Midlands, recalled and retold by her granddaughter. Nicko the monkey grows up amidst assorted dogs, kitten-littering cats, a duiker, joined later by a wildcat and a baby polecat (they do – and he didn’t).

Full of common sense and understanding: ‘Animals are always loyal and loving … The only things animals require are love, food, exercise and adventure.’

Best read aloud for the first time through, until young listeners become acquainted with the profusion of names and different animals. Adorned by soft pencil drawings, which catch character and expression deliciously. A gentle delight to read in this modern world of violence, racism and lack of friendship.”

Categories South Africa

Tags Childrens Books Nicko Penguin Random House SA Penny Haw Reviews


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