Hands up if you like a good piece of gossip. I’m not judging you, it’s okay, admit it, I won’t tell anyone you’re a nasty old gossip, I promise…
The jungle, on this fine and sunny day, suffers from a terrible case of Chinese whispers, crossed with a dash of gossip and chased with a sprinkle of bad communication. Turtle idly remarks to Bird, “The Watering Hole is always good for a laugh… But lately the humour has been drying up.”
As Bird flies away he tries to recall exactly what Turtle said, and with a slight variation on reality creates a domino effect of crises in the animal kingdom.
The illustrations are wonderful, with each double page spread featuring a panicked animal or two
This gorgeous story feels like it sits somewhere between a fable and an African legend and would be heaps of fun to act out with a school class.
Check out The Jungle Grapevine at Auckland Libraries.
Or buy The Jungle Grapevine from Fishpond.