13 October – JAPAN – Sadako

While not written by any of the brilliant Japanese authors Eleanor Coerr was inspired by Kokeshi Sadako’s autobiography. It is a story of the aftermath of Hiroshima and puts another side to the story of the second World War joining with Hiding Place to start rounding out how the world was changed forever… we have…

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12th OCTOBER – NETHERLANDS – The Hiding Place

Okay so not exactly a children’s book – it had the children and I riveted. I think a autobiography is always so as the author has brilliant authenticity. It is such a beautifully crafted book which allows multi-age engagement which is always a sign of a good book to us. It started a more detailed…

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…