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Illustrated by Reviva Schermbrucker. Glosderry, Cape Town, South Africa: Early Learning Resource Unit and New Africa Books, 2002. 16 p. ISBN 1-919876-85-5. Ages 4-6.

Languages: English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu, SeSotho, SeTswana, SePedi

Publisher: The Early Learning Resource Unit

This bright, square picture book is a quality example of multilingual publishing for children. It contains seven nursery rhymes of Africa, each in a different South African language, followed by a catchy English translation. They are about frog, pig, chicken and a “mischievous bird,” butterfly, hare, spider, and ostrich. The double-spread pictures provide an accurate portrayal of character and situation. The verses (in rhythmic nursery rhyme style) are ideal for sharing aloud, and there is a guide to pronunciation at the end.


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