Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Writer: Maryanne Bester
Illustrator: by Shayle Bester
Publisher: Jacana Media (www.jacana.co.za), 2007
First Published: The Centre for the Book and Sappi, 2004
ISBN: 1-77009-265-X; 978-1-77009-265-5
For me the most striking thing about this book was the illustrations. Shayle did a really good job, and I can't make up my mind which of the main characters looks more interesting – sheep, goat or dog.
But I’m sure little kids just find these renditions of the farm animals funny.
“Three friends and a taxi” is about the three friends, who, one hot day, decided to go to the sea. As they didn’t have cars, they had to ride a taxi.
Most people who have ridden public taxis in Africa will easily relate to the events that follow. As the author says, the story itself is one that is told across Africa, from Nigeria to the Comores to South Africa.
I think “Three friends and a taxi” is also a very skillfully told, modern folktale based on the “Why Animal X Does Something.”
"Three friends and a taxi" is a funny story I highly recommend for kids around 5-7 years old who are still learning to read.