Wendy Maartens

Donkie se Lang Pad Dorp Toe now available in English!

Toe ek my oë uitvee, besluit Lapa en Penguin Random House dis tyd dat Donkie leer Engels praat.

Die Engelse weergawe van hierdie heerlike bundel fabels se titel is Elephant’s Big Secret and 19 other fantastic fables!

Values are the backbone of civilization.

But how do you teach values to a child in a way he will never forget?

During lockdown animals all over the world showed Wendy the way.

Crow wrote everything down.

Secretary Bird helped with the spelling.

Plover called out every now and then to check that no one was falling asleep.

And Pelican delivered everything to her personally.

All you have to do is enjoy the read!

Elephant’s Big Secret and 19 other fantastic fables

This cheerful collection contains 20 fantastic animal fables, each of which includes valuable wisdom for children in a unique way and how values can be applied in everyday life.

Donkey’s Long Walk to Town conveys the message that one can never satisfy everyone. Bat, Bramble and Seagull Have a Meeting contributes to the idea that rather than only focussing on what you lack you should appreciate what you have. In Gnat Takes On Lion, the wisdom is shared that no one is so invincible that you can never be defeated. Beetle Puts Eagle in His Place shows that, given the courage, even if you are small there is always a way to stand up to a bully. These are just a few examples from this collection of gifted, shy, cheerful, scared, angry and brave animals.

What does Mrs Crab want to brag about? What is Elephant’s Big Secret? Did Hare outsmart the bullies?

Don’t wait any longer to find out!

Illustrator: Shayna Olivier

Penguin Random House, 2021