Nandi is the hero our kids need
My daughter Lathi was fascinated with the picture of Nandi on the first page of Nandi Sings.
Her first words were “Ufana no?”, which means “She looks like?”
I guessed that she wanted to identify herself with Nandi, barefoot and all – Lathi also likes running around barefoot. When I suggested that Nandi looks like her, she agreed enthusiastically.
When I tried to read the book to her, she kept interrupting – she was fascinated with the pictures of the animals, of Nandi feeding the chickens and climbing the ostrich, the lions and baboons. She led the reading session by paging through the book and telling me what she saw – she wasn’t listening to the story; she just kept asking me more questions about the pictures. She asked about the washing hanging on the fence; the people going to the spazas to buy pap; and the mum, granny and dad wearing shoes. The illustrations in the book are particularly good. We had to read the book again first thing in the morning, and then again in the evening. By the look of things, Lathi might also want to sing in a choir when she is older, just like Nandi.