Book Preview: "Kalulu the Hare Outwitted"
When a terrible drought threatens the lives of all the creatures every animal but one, Kalulu the Hare, pitches in to help. The other animals must find a way to outwit Kalulu and the one who does might just surprise you.
Reminiscent of Aesop’s fables, KALULU THE HARE OUTWITTED is a retelling of an African folktale.
Told in beautifully subdued colors, this is a lovely story of animals coming together to solve a problem.
All of the rivers and ponds have dried up. The animals of the Kalimatunda are thirsty. So they gather together to decide how to solve their problem. They all agree to work together to dig a pond for water. Unfortunately, Kalulu, the hare (rabbit) is lazy and decides he would rather lie around and enjoy the sun instead of work.
The rest of the animals have labored hard on their pond and decide that they will not let Kalulu take advantage of the water they have struggled to find. So they decide to build a wall protecting the pond, and each night, a different animal will guard the opening.
Unfortunately, Kalulu is smarter than most of the guardians. Each night, he brings just the right distraction. It’s not until the most unlikely animal, the tortoise, offers his services, does Kalulu meet his match.
KALULU THE HARE OUTWITTED is a wonderful story for the older child learning to read on their own, but the content may require some explanations to the younger reader. However, that being said, the pictures alone will keep young and old intrigued until the ending, when Kalulu finally learns his lesson.
Reviewed by: Jaglvr