African Orchestra - Wendy Hartmann (Paperback)

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Product Details

1 Apr 2016
Supply Source
South Africa


Wendy Hartmann
Joan Rankin (Illustrator)
Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd
Number of Pages
288 x 247 x 247mm (288g)


"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 Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

Picture Fiction

General Subject
Children's Picture P/B
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Nonfiction / Poetry / General
BIC Classification 1
Poetry (Children's / Teenage)
Children / Juvenile

Author Bio

Wendy Hartmann has been writing for many years. She has had more than forty children's books published. They range from concept and counting, beginner readers, high interest/low vocabulary readers to picture books. Her books have been selected for honour's lists and nominated for awards for writing and illustration. Wendy lives in Table View, Cape Town. She is married and has two daughters. In her spare time, she paints and has taken part in numerous exhibitions and has works in private collections in South Africa as well as overseas. Joan Rankin has illustrated over thirty books for children. She received the South African HAUM Daan Retief prize for children's book illustration in 1986 and the Katrine Harries award for children's book illustration in 1991. She has illustrated numerous books on the McElderry list, including A frog in the bog by Karma Wilson and Off to first grade by Louise Borden. Joan recently won the MER prize for best illustrated children's book for Just Sisi/Net Sisi written by Wendy Hartmann.

Review Quotes

"Wendy Hartman has a musician's ear for words and Joan Rankin's pictures sing with colour and expression" - Niki Daly