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Daily Nation : January 26th 2014
4 young nation book review Title: Toko and the dog with one ear Author: STEPHEN ALUMENDA Publisher: EAEP Reviewed by: STEPHEN MUTHINI T here are many stories that warn people against despising or looking down upon others because of their physical appearance. There are wise sayings that discourage people against such behaviour. One such saying is ‘Do not judge a book by its cover’. The story ‘Toko and the dog with one ear’ illustrates the wisdom of such sayings. Lucky the dog with one ear is saved from death by a young girl named Toko. At first Toko’s parents wanted to get rid of the tiny puppy. They said it would bring bad luck to the family but Toko doesn’t think so. She begs her parents to let the dog live. Her parents agree but they tell her that she would look after the dog herself. They would have nothing to do with it. Toko calls the dog ‘Lucky’ because it has escaped death. Lucky grows to be the best dog out of five puppies born in the homestead. She has a very good sense of smell and hearing. When a cow got lost he looked for her and brought her home. When Toko’s brothers Tandiso and Rufo went out to hunt, they always took Lucky because she helped them to catch a hare and sometimes even a dear. One evening, robbers break into Toko’s school and steal many books and money. The Police need a dog to help them catch the robbers by following their trail. Toko proudly asks the police to try her dog Lucky while they sent for their own dogs. The Police Chief does not like the idea. He says Lucky is not a trained dog. He even asks how a dog with only one ear would be able to track down thieves but Toko insists that the dog is able and that they should give it a chance. The Police Chief reluctantly accepts. Toko takes the cap left behind by the robbers and thrusts it at Lucky who sniffs it. “There, Lucky go get them!”Toko orders the dog. Will the dog catch the thieves? Read e was born on Decem 1990. He is a Kenyan distance runner. He w January 26, 2014 sunday nation sports q H aga in this simple story with many interesting illustrations. The story though simple has useful lessons for young readers; that they should not despise anything because of its physical appearance. However, the story could have been more powerful had the author used more dialogue and put in more action rather than mere description of events. The 15page book is suitable for pupils in lower primary school. the 2010 Kenyan cross coun title and went on to win the silver medal at the 2011 IAA World Cross Country champ onships. Hailing from Nakuru, he began competing in major mestic cross country races 2007–2008 season. He too in two of the junior races at KCB/Athletics Kenya Cross championships. He finished the junior race at the Kenya Cross Country Championsh 2008. He represented Kenya in th metres race at the 2011 Wo pionships and finished nint 1. What is the name of the a 2. Which race did he win re Answers on page 8 WHY ARE GREETINGS IMPORTANT? There are different ways to greet each other when you meet. People hug, kiss on the cheeks, shake hands or just wave at each other. This week some children share their views on what they think about greetings. They spoke to MWORIA MUCHINA email@example.com Miriam Mofea, 12 A greeting is a polite word especially on meeting someone you know. People from different cultures have different ways of greeting each other. Mostly, people shake their right hands. It is good to greet a person since you get to know how someone has been. Sean Douglas, 11 Handshakes are very common when people meet. I have also seen on television when police meet the president they salute him to show respect. People use different words to greet each other depending on the time of the day, and age of the person being greeted. Bhoke Maseke, 11 People shake hands when they meet friends, but you can also use verbal greetings without the handshake. It shows you are concerned about the other person. Debra Waka, 10 In many cultures, people shake hands. Greeting is good since you get to know how someone has been. If the person is far you can wave at them. Greetings show respect and that you care and love other people. Saqeeb Salim, 12 It is normal for people to greet each other when they meet. Young people greet each other by different ways like fist bumps or high fives. If I have met a person for the first time I can just say hi without the handshake. Abdullahi Bashir, 11 It is good to say hello in a polite and friendly way. However, I do not think it is good to hug strangers. Hugs are usually for family members and close friends as a sign of love. Most people shake hands.
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