Dreamers, adventurers, intrepid travellers, young and old. . . this book will sing to your heart. Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros tells the tale of the smallest rhinoceros in the herd and her dreams and desires to see what there is in the wide world beyond.
The beautifully written text is almost lyrical with its use of sentence structure and alliterative language. The bright and extremely cute illustrations support the story perfectly. Each one makes you stop to admire the finer details or how perfectly the illustration matches your feelings from the text.
This is a great book to use in the class when discussing ‘risk-taking’ and ‘perseverance’ with students. These qualities are highlighted throughout the book by the main character's actions. It is also a tale of believing in yourself, daring yourself to be adventurous and of the rewards you will gain in doing so.
I recommend this book for all ages. Smaller children will love the adventurous tale and cute illustrations, whereas older children and adults will admire the little rhinoceros’s brave dreamer spirit.
Title: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros
Author: Meg McKinlay
Illustrator: Leila Rudge
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Date of Publication: 2017
Ages: 5 years+
Reviewer’s name: Amanda Signal
Position: Year 5/6 Teacher
School: Summerland Primary, Henderson, Auckland