Book Review – Tug Of War


Tug Of War by Naomi Howarth (Jacana) ISBN: 9781431425822

Naomi Howarth, who is is also the author of The Crow’s Tale, retells an old folklore story in her book, Tug of War. She uses beautiful illustrations that bring light-hearted pleasure to children.

One beautiful sunny day, Tortoise decides to go on a mission to make friends. He meets Elephant and Hippo who are so mean to him. They won’t be friends with such a small, wrinkly, foolish animal. Tortoise then seeks revenge. He wants to prove to them that he has the brains despite being small. He tricks Hippo and Elephant into a tug of war. They both think that they are in this challenge with Tortoise until they fall from pulling. They find out that Tortoise tricked them into challenging each other.

This is a funny and entertaining read with a moral lesson. It teaches children that friendship and wisdom are more important than physical strength and size.

The book is also available in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, and Afrikaans.

Sinobukhosi Mpofu
3/5