I see a Buffalo – Elaine Macdonald

Written by on December 15, 2021 in Book Club, Children's Books

Another great proudly South African story. Sometimes many do not accept us judging us by our sizes, colour off our skin and that can drive us to loneliness. Here Buffalo was not accepted by others because he was too big and in way started feeling clumsy and did not truly see his self worth. When disaster strikes he is the only one that can save the day. Everyone finally realises his true value. Like that buffalo finds his own strength. A good story to teach children tolerance. Illustrations done by Vaneesa Mearns

About the book: 

I See a Buffalo tells the tale of a young buffalo who is distressed by her size. She wants to join the other animals at play, but her bulk and ungainliness make her self-conscious. When the animals turn her away, Buffalo decides to keep to herself and accept her loneliness. But when a huge storm creates a sudden flood, Buffalo realises she can save the day. Time and again, she wades into the floodwaters to save the smaller animals. By the end of the day, everyone understands that it is not the shape of your body that counts, but the size of your heart.

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Elaine Macdonald has been a successful children’s television writer and presenter for over 20 years; during this time she has written over 1000 educational scripts. She was one of the main authors of the Readers are Leaders series of books, which have been translated into all official languages and are widely prescribed in schools throughout the country. In 2016, her anthology of stories for the Grade-R syllabus was published.


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