S Is for South Africa

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“S is for South Africa where two oceans meet,
cold Atlantic from the west and warm Indian from the east.
Our country stretches wide over Africa’s southern shores from golden beach to misty mountain, desert sand to grassy plain
 in a land of contrasts where we praise the sun – yet pray for rain!”

From Cricket to Madiba, from Bunny Chow to Kubu, this photographic alphabet celebrates everything we South ...

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Overview

“S is for South Africa where two oceans meet,
cold Atlantic from the west and warm Indian from the east.
Our country stretches wide over Africa’s southern shores from golden beach to misty mountain, desert sand to grassy plain
 in a land of contrasts where we praise the sun – yet pray for rain!”

From Cricket to Madiba, from Bunny Chow to Kubu, this photographic alphabet celebrates everything we South Africans love best about our country. Set at the southern end of the African continent, our beautiful land with its many different plants, animals, people and languages was once made ugly by racism. But now our rainbow nation is striving to make the country a fairer place for everyone.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Each photo journal begins with an author's note highlighting the topography and history of the country. Maps show its position on the African continent and the countries it borders. The layout of each title is visually appealing, with borders, fonts, and colors that set the mood. One or two letters are represented per page with vibrant color photographs, accompanied by a few lines of text and ample white space. The pictures will give children a broad overview of cultures they may not be familiar with. The first book is the effort of four young Ethiopians who were sponsored to write and photograph the volume. They introduce readers to the food, culture, religion, and history of their country with entries including, "I is for Injera" (a flat bread) and "L is for Listro" (shoe-shine boy). The associated text is succinct, clear, and informative. South Africa has a very different feel, as the writing is poetic and flowing: "I is for Imbira,/my little piano./My thumbs twing/and you sing!/Aiee, my little friend/from Zimbabwe!" A minor drawback of both titles is the lack of pronunciation guides, though the stunning photographs and engaging texts will spark curiosity and keep students captivated.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847800183
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: World Alphabets Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 492,153
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Beverley Naidoo was born in South Africa, grew up under apartheid and was arrested for taking part in the resistance movement. In 1965 she came to England. Her first book, Journey to Jo'burg, won The Other Award in Britain. But after 26 years she was able to return freely, and No Turning Back and Out of Bounds followed. The Other Side of Truth won her the Carnegie Medal. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was The Great Tug of War. She lives in Dorset.

 

Prodeepta Das was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, B is for Bangladesh and T is for Turkey. He lives in Wanstead.

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