A Leaf for Bongani

A Novelette

Children - Animals
66 Pages
Reviewed on 12/15/2022
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Author Biography

Claire Ishi Ayetoro is an award-winning author who loves to craft powerful and thought-provoking novels that capture readers’ imaginations and carry them away on unforgettable experiences. She draws her inspiration from the beauty of the world around her and the fascinating people she meets every day. Her published titles include A Leaf For Bongani, I Hear The Black Raven, and The Rainbow Room.
Claire currently resides in Southern MS. When not writing or daydreaming about her next story, you can find her creating music, practicing woodworking, enjoying good food, and spending time with her loved ones. For more information about Claire and her books, visit her website at www.ishiayetoro.com and www.claireishiayetoro.com

    Book Review

Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite

The life of a giraffe is complicated. The dangers that they face are increasing to the point that they are threatened with extinction. That's why Claire Ishi Ayetoro shares A Leaf for Bongani so that children can understand nature's challenges and learn from them. Bongani is a Kordofan giraffe. In the dry season, he travels across the Congo with his family in search of acacia trees to live in safety. At the beginning of his adventure, his family answers his questions through stories. These stories help to comfort him in difficult times and understand new experiences until he can face the reality of a world with predators and other dangers. Bongani will learn to appreciate having a safe place with freedom for himself and his family.

I enjoyed A Leaf for Bongani because of its natural setting and the variety of situations that Bongani faces. The story is entertaining and alternates between the narrator's perspective and the characters' thoughts. After each adventure, a character's point of view is provided to give a clearer understanding of the situation. Every chapter has a beautifully detailed hand-drawn illustration. The tale conveys a realistic message, showing the pain of losing a friend, and making you appreciate the importance of enjoying every moment. Claire Ishi Ayetoro helps children to understand the behavior of giraffes, their migration process, and their need to take care of themselves as a group. Another pleasing aspect is that it includes a Swahili vocabulary related to family members and related expressions.