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AFRICAN WILDLIFE ALPHABET AND NUMBER BOOK (article first published : 2005-07-21)

Illustrated by David du Plessis, African Wildlife Alphabet and Number Book is a wonderfully illustrated publication that brings back many memories of the My First kind. Books that one constantly referred to and carried around in satchels and under-arm, informing family and friends that there was actually something of serious importance inside.

The media note that accompanied this publication stated, “Aimed at 3 to 5 year olds, this book introduces the alphabet and basic numbers and counting through the theme of African wildlife and nature.”

Without doubt this is a children’s book. It forms the foundation of self teaching exercises and encourages further reading and learning with teachers, parents or friends. Divided into 11 sections, phasing from basic introductory knowledge and accounts to a few cognitive tasks towards the end, it brings together letters, words, numbers, pictures and text that meld to form recognition of the Alphabet, counting patterns and African wildlife.

David Du Plessis has a particular interest in Natural History, especially Palaeontology and Biology. With a BSc degree from Stellenbosch University, he has worked as a graphic artist, multi-media designer, illustrator and animator and has exhibited in Cape Town and London. His beautiful images depict clearly and realistically the appearance of native African wildlife, encouraging an interest in the local flora and fauna and raising a few eyebrows at the bizarre creatures that do roam our land (I, for one, hadn’t a clue what a tilapia was).

All in all, this little gem is a definitely a book worthy of any child’s bookshelf.

Sturdily produced to withstand constant thumbing by little fingers, African Wildlife Alphabet and Number Book is published by Struik Publishers and retails at R89.95 – ISBN 1 77007 152 0. - Ruby Bernard




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