Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

MamaBuzz Tour: "The Lion's Deceit" by Mpho Otukile

on July 29, 2011

This is a very cute children’s book that has African animals as well as a strong moral theme.  The lion is lazy and wants a fast way to find food without having to go out and hunt for it, so in cahoots with another jungle animal they lure unsuspecting animals to the lion’s den and there he no longer has to hunt.  This tale is based on an African story and is now put into picture book form for children of all ages.

Colorful with bright and vibrant colors really adds a nice touch to this short book.  Even though you know what the lion is doing in his den the children never see any blood or graphic details of the hunt or lack thereof.  All three of my children enjoyed this book and found it interesting as well as short enough to hold my very active new 5 year old.  My 6 year old was a bit taken back when she realized the lion was eating the other animals so it also opened up a discussion about how animals hunt and eat each other.

I really liked the strong moral objective which somewhat ties in to Scripture about if a man doesn’t work he shouldn’t eat.  In the end the other jungle animals catch on to what is happening but I won’t tell you what happens to the lion – you’ll have to grab your own copy to find out.  The author, Mpho Otukile comes from Botswana on the southern part of Africa. She grew up listening to stories around the fire passed on through the generations and wants to pass these strong moral on to others.  She now lives in Winnipeg where she lives with her family and writes.

The book can be purchased from Village Life Books (ships from Canada and part of the proceeds will go to a program called Books For Africa), or from Create Space.  If you order from Create Space my readers can get a 10% off the order by using code 2LU4EXJM You can follow Village Life on Twitter or on Facebook.

**I was given a copy of this book from Village Life Books in exchange for my own opinion, no other compensation was given on implied.

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