Picture Book Review: Gloria’s Porridge

Gloria's Porridge by Elizabeth Laird

Gloria’s Porridge
by Elizabeth Laird

5 out of 5 stars

In this Ethiopian folk tale, Gloria is making a pot of porridge, but the cat eats it all up! Gloria chases the cat, who runs into the donkey, who bumps against the tree with a beehive. The bees fly around in a panic, startling the hen who drops all her corn. Everything is chaos! Only the fox can make sense of what is happening and make them all stop and calm down.

I loved this animal tale! It reminds me of Aesop’s fables with the old-fashioned story structure, but it has a delightful African style that reflects the rich culture of that region. It’s funny and interesting to read, because the plot keeps rolling forward into more and more chaos!

The illustrations are brightly colored, and each page enhances the comedy of the story. I love the cute designs for the animals, and the way their facial expressions bring a lot of emotion into the tale. The soft art style is so beautiful!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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