ISBN 978-1-77630-654-1
Colour illustrations by Izak Vollgraaff
Published by The Cactus Foundation and Seed Readers | African Sun Press
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The Phoebe Book of Poems for Children

This collection of poems celebrates a little dog called Phoebe who survived terrible abuse at the hands of misguided and uneducated children.

Phoebe is now the Ambassador for Animal Rights at The Cactus Foundation and her story is told on

Suitable for children aged 3 to 5 (Read-to-me) and 6 to 12 (Read alone)

    “Would you like to rise and go
    Where the glorious baobab grows
    Where the vultures circle high
    And the basking lizards lie?

    “Would you like to sit with me
    Under a musasa tree
    There to listen to some poems
    Of creatures, pets and wild biomes?

    “Would you like to hear tales told
    Of ant-bear shy and crocodile bold
    Of hippos fat and wild dogs barking
    Of rhinos huge and monkeys larking?

    “If you come, you’ll learn to cherish
    The message of Creation’s wishes
    That humankind might take good care
    Of natural wonders, vast or rare.

    “Now—do please open up these pages
    Where you’ll find how life engages
    With all the beauty on our Earth
    Our blue-white planet of wondrous worth.”


    “This collection celebrates the natural world and urges human children and adults to protect and care for it. It should be present in every classroom and every child’s home.”
    ~ Tanya Barben, former Rare Books Librarian, University of Cape Town Libraries
    “These poems beautifully illustrate how indeed we hold the Earth and every living being in our hands. I will be encouraging young people to read this book as a call to action.”
    ~ Lucille Meyer, Chrysalis Academy, CEO
    “Delightful, touching and essential for every child.”
    ~ The Lemon & Lime Leucadendron Poetry Society
    “Many children will not be fortunate enough to see a wild animal in their lifetime, but the poems in this book serve as a bridge to bring them closer to an imagined experience. It draws on the imagination stimulated by accurate illustrations and words that evoke the grace of a giraffe or the power of an elephant or the peace of trees.”
    ~ Lucinda Jolly The Daily Maverick

    Key Review Words:

    Delightful. Touching. Essential.