Travels with Zozo…under the Moonbow
Zozo is on another adventure with her family to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya waterfall on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe in Southern Africa! But as they explore the beautiful falls, troublesome baboons take Mom’s camara and all the wonderful pictures she took are lost. Or are they? Zozo makes friends with two young elephants with the names Bonkers and Boomy and they know where the baboons will take their stolen treasures. When her family leaves her alone to rest that night, she sneaks out and together they make their way to a hidden grove, where not only does Zozo find the lost items, she finds a hidden magic from the waterfall, a moonbow!
With adorable, bright, and cheerful illustrations, the story comes to life to bring readers to Mosi-oa-Tunya. The pictures not only show the story with the writing, but tell it as well. When the elephants play their joy is clearly shown, and when the camera is stolen, the dismay from the family is easy to see. Not only do the illustrations help, but the descriptions of places and actions also bring the story to life.
Zozo is an adorable little rabbit who loves her family and is willing to go on all sorts of adventures. All the other animals that appear show their own characteristics as well, including playful elephants and mischievous baboons. The writing flows well. I had no problem following the story and a younger kid won’t have much trouble understanding it, either. It’s not a long book and I would have liked to have a bit more to read, but the shortness doesn’t make it rushed, nor did it feel like there were key details missing. Everything was explained well and in ways kids can understand.
In the front of the book is a wonderful little author’s note that not only gives some background for where Zozo would be going, but also fun facts about the animals and places. There was a lot of care taken in presenting a fictional story with facts and accurate illustrations about Mosi-oa-Tunya. All these elements added together make a fun story that kids will love while still learning about the world. At the end of the story, I found myself wishing I could visit the waterfall myself.
Travels with Zozo… under the Moonbow is a great way to teach kids about places they may otherwise never hear about, and it opens the door for parents to learn alongside them.
|Page Count||32 pages|
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