BEVERLEY NAIDOO was born in South Africa. Her first book, Journey to Jo'burg, was written in exile in Britain where it won The Other Award. It opened a window onto children's struggles under apartheid. In South Africa it was banned until 1991, the year after Nelson Mandela was released from jail. After 26 years Beverley could return freely to research in the country. No Turning Back and Out of Bounds followed. In her stories for older children, her characters from different backgrounds face tense conflicts and choices. The Other Side of Truth won her the Carnegie Medal, the first time in 64 years for a novel of African origin. Her books for younger children include The Great Tug of War, S is for South Africa (Children's Africana Honor Book, USA) and a re-telling of Aesop's Fables (Parents' Choice Silver Award, USA; USBBY Outstanding International Book) and Who is King?To visit Beverley Naidoo's website click here Prodeepta Das was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India , which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russia and B is for Bangladesh .
Children will come away from this book with an appreciation for the landscape and culture of South Africa. It stands alone but it is also a welcome addition to the highly acclaimed World Alphabet series. It carefully deals with such subjects as apartheid and promotes a positive vision for the future. A welcome addition to any library. || Poetic and powerful. The vibrancy here is in both text and photographs, capturing the richness and diversity of the land and its people, its past and present. The text sings out from this particular title in this worthy series.