The African Orchestra


ISBN: 9781431423392

Author: Wendy Hartmann Joan Rankin

Ages: 6-9 years

In the beginning, when all things began, these were the sounds which were music to man. ‘Cicadas, crickets, beetles and frogs. Seedpods, cocoons, hollowed out logs. Crackling fires, the patter of rain. Thundering hooves on the African plain. Birds in the air, in the trees – on the land. Wind in the grass through the leaves – over sand.’ With magical illustrations from Joan Rankin, and poetry from masterful story teller, Wendy Hartmann, the rhyme lyrically captures the magic of the African sounds of nature. From the clicking of crickets to the crackle of the fire, follow the journey that celebrates these sounds, in the rhythm and music of Africa. Also available in Afri-kaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

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