Nandi is the hero our kids need

CityPress - - Voices - CRISELDA NDLOVU and DAUGH­TER LATHI (3) voices@city­press.co.za

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.

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