Tug Of War by Naomi HowarthTug Of War by Naomi Howarth

Tug Of War

byNaomi Howarth

Hardcover | June 5, 2018

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"Gorgeously vibrant"—Financial Times

Tortoise is on the hunt for a friend, but only encounters huge Elephant and Hippo, who are mean about his small size and wrinkly skin. But although Tortoise isn't big, he is certainly brainy! He sets out to show Elephant and Hippo that biggest doesn't mean best by challenging them to a tug of war. They sneeringly accept… but little do they know that they have really agreed to fight each other! A funny, heart-warming retelling of this well-known folk tale about brains vs brawn with beautiful, stylish illustrations. A special book that teaches that wit and wisdom are more important than size and physical strength, and friendship is what matters most.
NAOMI HOWARTH was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and studied Costume for Performance at the London College of Fashion, where she graduated with a First in 2010. She worked in the film industry for eighteen months before deciding to pursue a career in illustration. In 2014 she was mentored by Catherine Rayner as part of Boo...
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Title:Tug Of WarFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:32 pages, 11.12 × 9.75 × 0.32 inShipping dimensions:11.12 × 9.75 × 0.32 inPublished:June 5, 2018Publisher:Frances Lincoln Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1847808506

ISBN - 13:9781847808509

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Positive message, stunning illustrations "One morning, while the sun was high in the sky over the banks of the great African river, Tortoise set off on a walk. 'It's so beautiful and sunny', he said to himself.' 'I think it's the perfect day to make a new friend." He encounters an elephant and asks him point blank, "Would you like to be my friend?" Elephant's reply is rude, demeaning and quite shocking. "No thanks! I am the biggest and best beast in this jungle, and you are nothing more than a small, stupid old tortoise" Tortoise is saddened and walks away until he comes upon a Hippo and thinks perhaps he can be his friend. He poses the same question and gets this reply: "Be your friend?" roared Hippo." "Are you joking? I am the toughest most terrible thing in this jungle, and you are nothing more than a small, wrinkly old tortoise." Poor Tortoise, now he feels even worse. Bird can't help but notice how badly Tortoise feels and gives Tortoise some excellent advice... advice that inspires and motivates Tortoise to concoct a brilliant plan to prove to both Elephant and Hippo that they may have power and brawn but he has brains. Do you think his plan will work? Can he prove to the prideful two that just because you are smaller does not mean you are deplorable? "Tug of War" is a retelling of a wise West African folktale. The illustrations are spectacular and engaging and the message is positive and inspiring. I highly recommend this wonderful book.
Date published: 2018-07-17

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"Gorgeously vibrant"—Financial TimesTortoise is on the hunt for a friend, but only encounters huge Elephant and Hippo, who are mean about his small size and wrinkly skin. But although Tortoise isn't big, he is certainly brainy! He sets out to show Elephant and Hippo that biggest doesn't mean best by challenging them to a tug of war. They sneeringly accept...but little do they know that they have really agreed to fight each other! A funny, heart-warming retelling of this well-known folk tale about brains vs brawn with beautiful, stylish illustrations. A special book that teaches that wit and wisdom are more important than size and physical strength, and friendship is what matters most.

Editorial Reviews

‘a beautifully illustrated retelling of a West African folktale’
- Daily Telegraph