S is for South Africa by Beverley Naidoo and Prodeepta Das

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S is for South Africa by Beverley Naidoo and Prodeepta Das

Category: Children's Non-Fiction
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Anne Thompson
Reviewed by Anne Thompson
Summary: This photographic alphabet of poems celebrates all that South Africans love best about their country and is a vivid and uplifting portrait of the land, its people & culture for young children.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: June 2014
Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 9781847805027

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Beverley Naidoo is best known for her award winning fiction for older readers but in this title in the World Alphabet series she brings her native country of South Africa to life for younger children. Starting with A for the Apartheid Museum and finishing with Zoo Lake in Jo’burg she covers many different aspects of life including traditions, food, landscape, animals, music and family life and each subject is accompanied by one of Prodeepta Das’s stunning photos. The poetic text flows and this would work well read aloud.

I think that the balance between providing information and ensuring that this is an enjoyable book to either read alone or to listen to is well done. The strikingly colourful presentation is eye catching and should be very appealing to young readers. Many of the photos are of young South African children making it easier for boys and girls here to relate to a lifestyle that may be very different to their own. Even children who are unable to read the text will learn a great deal from the photos themselves and I think that this book would be a delight for a child to browse through.

In her introduction the author refers to the beautiful land made ugly by racism and this together with references to both apartheid and the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela give ample opportunity for further discussion on the sad history of South Africa. However this book has a joyous, positive feel and the line our rainbow nation children are calling for change. Yebo! Yes we can! conveys a wonderful feeling of hope.

Parents would find this book very helpful for answering children’s questions about the lives of people in a far off country and also for encouraging them to find out more. It would be a brilliant resource in schools and is a must have for every primary school library.

Thank you to the publishers, Frances Lincoln Books for providing this review copy.

Young children who want to find out more about African wildlife may enjoy Elephant by Suzi Eszterhas another book with stunning photos.

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