Author : Emila Yusof Illustrator : Emila Yusof Publisher's Review - By Peter Duke
Dina is back! This time she is helping her father in his farm. We have seen a very sweet Dina dreaming of butterflies in her mother’s garden. We saw her watching her mother very carefully as she cooked in her kitchen.
But this time we see a more purposeful Dina determined to help her father with his chores around the farm whilst enjoying herself at the same time.
One of the more endearing features of Emila’s illustrations of Dina is the way in which she captures typical expressions and behaviours of a young girl. It is almost as if Dina is real. The feature of this book which differentiates it from the two previous Dina adventures, is the presence of animals which children love; rabbits, chicken, cows, sheep, a cat and ducks among others. The story starts with a happy Dina flying a paper aeroplane while sitting on the fence of her father’s farm surrounded by animals.
Later we see her helping her father milk a cow with a happy smile on her face.
What a look of admiration as she gazes at her father with a hammer in her hand as she helps him build a new chicken coop.
Oh no, look at her face as she is chased by geese, she looks really upset and frightened.
All is right later when she jumps into the pond to cool down with a broad happy smile on her face.
Then finally, after all that effort, we see Dina waving happily to her mum as she brings out the picnic for lunch.
As in her previous two Dina adventures, Emila provides the reader with a few pages of what you might expect to find on a farm, the animals, the tools, the wheel barrow and buckets.
We hope there will be another Dina book towards the end of the year. Watch out for the announcement.