Book Review – Tullula

Once in a while a book comes along that completely takes your breath away. Last night, I discovered such a book.
Reading has always been an important part of my life and I have read to Lexi (a lot!) her whole life. I often see how books spark her imagination, stimulate her curiosity and have contributed to her early literacy. One such book, and a new favourite in our collection, is Tullula.
"Tullula is a majestic bird born into royalty – the ndunas of the herd. Being an nduna means having to guard the skies at night. Tullula longs for something different, so she sneaks off during the day (while the rest of the ndunas are sleeping) to explore what life is like living in the sunlight."
Tullula is a story of courage and challenging the status quo. If we want our children to change the world we need to help them to develop the mindset they need to live their dreams. Books like Tullula are what parents need to help us achieve this. It teaches children to be brave and that it’s okay to be different.
Author Refiloe Moahloli has cleverly written Tullula in rhyme that Lexi and I both enjoyed and found very engaging. The book includes a bonus CD featuring the Tullula song and a reading of the story by Moahloli. The song is catchy and one can’t help but dance and sway to it. I found Lexi dancing to it this afternoon.
A special collectors edition of the book has also been published with each page featuring a beautiful tapestry of hand-embroidered art, produced with artist Simon Mahlo. Mahlo and a group of embroiders from rural communities have brought Tullula to life and given it a truly magical quality.

Not only does the book have a wonderful message, the story of its creation does too. It speaks of the magic of harnessing the creative spirit of Africa and telling a truly unique and African story. With a heart to bring more African stories to African children, the book has been chosen as the Exclusive Books Homebru selection for June 2018.
Exclusive Books Reading Session Dates:
9 June 2018 at 10h30 – Mall of the South
23 June 2018 at 10h30 – Woodlands
30 June 2018 at 10h30 – Rosebank

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