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The Ugly Five

Author: Julia Donaldson
R.R.P: $19.95
Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler
Review: Joan Steinman

 

The wildebeest knows it is the ugly one on the range, with its spindly legs and ginger beard. But then it meets the grotty hyena so now there are two ugly ones. But one by one others join and finally there are five ugly creatures; warty, gangly, spotty, bristly and stinky.

What an appealing book for the 2 to 6 year olds with its rhyming verse, repetitive prose and life like illustrations. The story is inspired by the author’s safari to South Africa and actual viewing of these ugly animals. But like good

children’s books there is a happier, lighter side to the story and an important message that nothing should be judged by its appearance. Is there something lovable about these ugly creatures?

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