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THIRTY-ONE BROTHERS AND SISTERS by Reba Paeff Mirsky Kirkus Star

THIRTY-ONE BROTHERS AND SISTERS

By Reba Paeff Mirsky

Publisher: Wilcox & Follett

**Winner of the publisher's third Charles W. Follett award this should be the answer for librarians, teachers, and parents who are looking for a book that will entrance children at the same time that it is unobtrusively giving them a liberal, and anthropologically sound, over-view of a primitive society. This is the story of a very human and likable Zulu girl who would far rather join her brothers as a hunter than do the tiresome chores allotted to the women and girls of the tribe. Perhaps it is because the book was written with the cooperation of her many Zulu friends that Mrs. Mirsky's heroine is a real flesh and blood child instead of the prototype (so deadly to young readers) one most often encounters in books about other cultures, with the result that even such radical differences in mores as the shared father are easily assimilated by young readers. Vivid incidents center around an actual elephant hunt, an encounter with a deadly snake, a monkey pet, and a Zulu birthday party.