Original edition:

Sing, Africa!
Poems and songs for children

This new edition of Sing, Africa! Poems and songs for children combines the original edition with We Call the Whales.

In 1984, in opposition to apartheid, I opened a non-racial pre-school in Grahamstown called Rivendell Children Centre. Teaching was based on principles of peace, non-violence, non-racism and care of the earth. Over the ten years of the Centre's existence, children of all races and of different cultural, religious and economic backgrounds were taught, through story-telling, poetry, art, pottery, music, song and drama to care about each other and to cherish the natural world. Sing, Africa! is a collection of some of the magical material we used to inspire children towards friendship and care of the earth.

  • Selected for inclusion in Bookchat’s list of Southern African Children’s Books of the Year, 1990

Elephants, lions, dinosaurs and other wonderful creatures romp, glide and swim through this English and Xhosa collection of poems

Suitable for children aged 3 – 7 and as a teacher’s resource book

Review comments:
"A delightfully warm and loving collection … an excellent resource with a significant focus on our ecology"
- Language Projects' Review
"A magical anthology which will stimulate in children a joyful awareness of the world around them and a love of the earth and Africa"
- Environmental Education Bulletin
"A wonderful collection"
- Anne Irwin, Centre for Social Development, Rhodes University
"Joyous and cheerful … delightful … with a strong emphasis on ecology"
- Weekly Mail
"This is a book with heart."
- Jay Heale, Bookchat
"Oh what a lovely book! Altogether a wonderful, indigenous collection. This is what our children should be singing and dancing and chanting to."
- SAAECE Smalltalk

Paperback:ISBN 978-0-620-64440-2
136 pages
With colour spreads and black and white line drawings.