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The African Orchestra

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With magical illustrations from Joan Rankin, and poetry from masterful story teller, Wendy Hartmann, The African Orchestra lyrically captures the magic of the African sounds of nature. From the clicking of crickets to the crackle of the fire, follow the journey that celebrates these sounds, in the rhythm and music of Africa.“Cicadas, crickets, beetles and frogs Seedpods, cocoons, hollowed out logs Crackling fires, the patter of rain Thundering hooves on the African plain. Birds in the air, in the trees – on the trees Wind in the grass, through the leaves – over sand. In the beginning, when all things began, These were the sounds which were music to man.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Wendy Hartmann has been writing for many years. She has had more than forty children’s books published. They range from concept and counting, beginner readers, high interest/low vocabulary readers to picture books. Her books have been selected for honour’s lists and nominated for awards for writing and illustration.

Wendy lives in Table View, Cape Town. She is married and has two daughters. In her spare time, she paints and has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has works in private collections in South Africa as well as overseas.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Joan Rankin has illustrated over thirty books for children. She received the South African HAUM Daan Retief Prize for children’s book illustration in 1986 and the Katrine Harries Award for Children’s Book Illustration in 1991. She has illustrated numerous books on the McElderry list, including A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson and Off to First Grade by Louise Borden. Joan recently won the MER Prize for best illustrated children’s book for Just Sisi/Net Sisi written by Wendy Hartmann.

The African Orchestra is also available in Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu.