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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Teena and Deena: Hide and Seek is a children’s animal picture book written by CC Strachan and illustrated by Christina Rudenko. Teena wants to teach her little sister, Deena, how to be a whiz at playing hide and seek. She doesn’t think Deena has any idea how to hide effectively, so Teena’s going to do her best to help her out. The first thing Deena needs to do is to get a wagon and an okapi. This suggestion had Deena seriously questioning her sister’s ability to teach her anything. Teena explained that okapis are really good at hiding, so Deena’s best option was to learn from one of them. The only problem is that okapis live in the Congo. At that, Deena’s ready to complain to her mom. The Congo? Okapis? Can Teena explain her way out of this one?
CC Strachan’s Teena and Deena: Hide and Seek follows Teena as she teases her little sister by suggesting she go to the Congo to learn how to play hide and seek from the best. Along the way, young readers learn about the Democratic Republic of Congo, where okapis live, and discover why okapis are so good at hiding. They’ll also learn more interesting snippets about this relative of the more commonly known giraffe. The gentle teasing Teena gives her little sister underscores the warm relationship between the two sisters as Deena finally gets that, yes, Teena is actually kidding her along. Christina Rudenko’s illustrations are marvelous! I now am also familiar with the okapi and was able to figure out from the illustrations just why they are so good at hiding. The book also offers an amazing dinosaur-style version of the okapi as well as the very unusual shooscomaker Deena thinks might come in handy while she’s in the Congo. Teena and Deena: Hide and Seek is an entertaining book that also educates and celebrates family. It’s highly recommended.