Title: Goliath’s Secret
Author: Bonnie Feuer
Illustrator: Sharai Platt
Publisher: The Connecticut Press
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Children’s 3 and up
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About the Book:
Near a waterfall in the lush West African forest, seven animals encounter the wonderful, but silent, Goliath Frog. They all feel sorry for this giant, believing that he is unable to communicate. In rhyme and prose the West African animals describe the unique ways in which they communicate with one another. Using objects found in nature, they also try to help Goliath find his own voice. The caring animals are disappointed when the frog does not respond…. until he reveals his own surprising secret. Beautifully illustrated with 32 original watercolors, this wonderful tale is meant to be shared with children of all ages for its lessons in listening, helping, and accepting diversity in the world all around us.
Book Review / Impressions:
Glorious illustrations and beautifully written prose with fun rhyming sentences help to define and describe the methods of communication used by several different African animals, all intent on having Goliath speak to them. From Giraffes to Fireflies, all the common and uncommon communication techniques are described, and the illustrations are wonderfully wrought to bring the creatures to life.
A great bedtime read for children and parents, with a happy ending.
I received an advance copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.