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Book Heroes – Book Dash

Book Heroes – Book Dash

My favourite kind of people are the ones who say they are going to do something, ignore the muttered voices saying it isn’t possible, and then go right ahead and do it. Book Dash people are that sort. One Hundred books owned by every child under five is a serious undertaking. Some people raised their …

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Talent Competition

Talent Competition

Now for something completely different! Talent Competition, written and edited by Michelle Holloway, is a talent competition all on its own. Absolutely beautiful artworks (much more involved than ‘illustrations’) and charming text will enthrall listeners (read aloud) as well as readers of all ages. We will be using it with our CBN children and asking …

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My forever friend

My forever friend

The theme of ‘Postcards of me’ is where we encourage children to share information about themselves with other children. The activities, compiled by CBN’s Lisa Witherden, can be found at: Lockdown Learning Programme Book One – Activity One: Postcards from me CBN has had great success with the activity for today – making self-portraits. We …

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Oom Kallas & the Tortoises

Oom Kallas is a farm worker with much experience of the veldt. So his whole life is out & about. He speaks Afrikaans – and for those not bilingual, his words are translated in the wide margins of this attractive storybook. The whole situation becomes far more exciting and frightening when a fire sweeps through …

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Annie Learns to Swim

Annie Learns to Swim

What a sensible publication! A simple, engaging story incorporating a child’s nervousness at swimming and showing basic instruction in action. But this isn’t a “teach yourself” book – it’s a story about Annie and her doubts and fears, and her growing friendship with Lisa, a better swimmer. So both Lisa and swimming become Annie’s best …

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Who Is King?

Ten magical stories from Africa. All part of the oral tradition of Africa, so all re-cycled, re-told in a crisp, lilting fashion and with Piet Grobler’s lively, lovely, characterful animals in bright crazy colours. (Notes at the back to explain origins.) Great to read aloud and afterwards linger on the detailed pictures. Also available in …

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Oom Kallas and the Tortoises

Oom Kallas & the Tortoises

Oom Kallas is a farm worker with much experience of the veldt. He speaks Afrikaans – and for those not bilingual, his words are translated in the wide margins of this attractive storybook. The whole situation becomes far more exciting and frightening when a fire sweeps through the Cape mountains. Thanks to gallant fire-fighters and …

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Marigold and the Faraway Tree

Marigold and the Faraway Tree

This is based on a genuine South African tree near the Higgley Piggeldy Farmyard in Kommetjie, jazzed up beautifully by an artist who “loves bright colours and happy pictures, and fresh sea air”. The happiest picture book I have met for a long time, with rich detailed pictures and a story that says Enjoy life …

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The Joining

The Joining

Set in the Cederberg mountains where, in a time-jump, a group of modern children find themselves alongside a clan of /Xam people (part of those often called Bushmen or San). They experience the simplicity of living in harmony with the natural world, as well as learning much about the significance of rock art. The reader …

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In The Never-Ever Wood

In The Never-Ever Wood

There are many, many collections of stories for children but few have the scope and skill of this. Linda Rode has gathered into her loom sixty story-threads from all over the world. Joyously, most of them are from Africa but there are tales derived from Aesop, La Fontaine, Perrault, Grimm and Andersen as well as …

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Train to Kalk Bay

Train to Kalk Bay

Wisely, the author does not try to do too much. Told in simple language, this is a story of the simple excitement (for a child) of a train journey from Cape Town – change at Salt River – to Kalk Bay. The sheer joy of the journey, the fun on the beach, not forgetting the …

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Goal!

Goal!

A generously-sized picture book story whose author and artist are well aware of the excitement of football, the bleak desolation of the Cape Flats, ever-present danger in such a life and the exuberance of being young. Support from Biblionef has enabled GOAL! to be published in all South African languages.

The Move

The Move

Upheaval as a family decides to move into a brand new house. Floor plans, building site, packing up belongings, and The Move itself.

Mhlanguli

Mhlanguli

Photographic story of life in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Crowded home, restricted  conditions, herbs and fruit for sale.

Jake

Jake

Baby Jake lives in a home that is far from safe. Humour plus home safety.

Home Now

Home Now

Qolweni township near Plettenberg Bay. Home is needed for an orphaned girl and an orphaned elephant.

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