From Publishers Weekly
A bird becomes an inspiration--in more ways than one--for an old woman and her granddaughter living in South Africa. Rains and a huge flood have rushed through Natal, destroying property, killing livestock and leaving the ground too wet for spring planting. But in the storm's aftermath, Lindi finds and admires a dove that lands in the yard. While they wait to sow their crops, the girl and her grandmother try to sell their beaded handiwork to tourists in Durban. But not until they fashion unusual beaded doves does the pair begin to make some money. Though much of Stewart's language and imagery makes an impact, her narrative's occasional choppiness slows the emotional momentum. With its rich, warm hues and naive stylization, Daly's artwork--reminiscent of both Donald Crews and William Johnson--creates an appropriately low-key mood. The perspective in many paintings highlights expansive backgrounds of blue skies, or high white walls and ceilings, giving the book's design an overall airiness. Ages 4-up.
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About the Author
Dianne Stewart lives in Natal, South Africa. She studied Psychology and African languages in order to be able to communicate with the people around her in their own languages. Her titles for Frances Lincoln include The Gift of the Sun, which was chosen as one of Child Education's Best Books of 1996. Jude Daly was born in London and emigrated to South Africa as a young child. She went to art college in Cape Town, and now lives there with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their two sons.
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