When I first heard about The Sun Zebra, I was intrigued. By any stretch of the imagination it’s not the sort of book I would normally buy, but there was an endearing quality about the blurb that piqued my interest and I’m happy to say I wasn’t disappointed.
The Sun Zebra is a collection of five stories about Nell and events that have happened in her short life. It ably demonstrates the simplistic views that children have about life, how they can hold your hand and lead you into their magical world and how they have a knack of surprising adults.
I won’t spoil your enjoyment by giving a synopsis of the stories, but they are absolutely enchanting! They are well-written with good use of description; you can easily picture the setting which adds to the enjoyment. The narrator, Nell’s father, shows an honesty that is refreshing and a great deal of patience. He’s also not afraid to let loose the child within to entertain and communicate with his daughter.
Reading this book has given me a fresh perspective on life. We all get so bogged down with the adult side of life that we often forget how to have fun, and I’m not referring to adult-type amusements. Being able to access our inner child, to remember the innocence and fun that got lost along the way is not that easy when we worry about paying bills and holding onto jobs etc. This book also teaches us, as parents/aunts/uncles/grandparents, how vital it is to nuture a child’s imagination whilst still trying to instruct them about the harsh realities of life.
That’s what makes this book so special – it reminds us of the magic of childhood, the carefree existence, the innocence and the fun. Everyone needs to access their inner child and what better way to do it than with this book. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it!