July 20th – PARAGUAY – Something Special

Sorry for the long break we were travelling and now back to finish up our literary tour. This book came courteous of the kindness of a stranger – Margaret Hebblethwaite who helped us take on the rather slow postal system of South America and South Africa. Without her help we would have never found anything. We…

February 10th – ANTARCTICA – Stay

Making a slight detour from the balmy Caribbean to drop down to Antarctica and the only dog remaining on the continent. A fun story written up by Jesse Blackadder on her visit to Antarctica. It is insightful to the day to day life of the teams of scientists working in the Australian stations. We will…

February 6th – TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – Act of God

So we have started our island adventure through the Caribbean with a short story from Trinidadian Therese Mills The Avocado. The children shrieked.It is fun. We have been through the whole collection but this was our favourite. Also enjoyed that the book is aimed at school children and so some fun not doing “home” school…

February 5th – VENEZUELA – The streets are free

From one book of a young boy’s ability to be brave and grow into his situation to another book of children effecting change in their city. We enjoyed Kurusa’s book based on a true story which resonates with our city life here in Johannesburg where we have African versions of “barrios”. Interesting discussions followed about…

January 29th – CURACAO – The Cay

From an emotive book in pictures to an emotive book of words. The thoroughly gripping tale, written by Theodore Taylor. He took a quick three weeks to write a multilayered book of excellence. We particularly enjoyed the fact that he does not talk down to his child audience, but presents a book of integrity. We…