Mama Mabena's Magic Xitsonga version by Dianne Hofmeyr

Mama Mabena's Magic Xitsonga version

Written by Dianne Hofmeyr
Illustrated by


Mama Mabena's Magic Xitsonga version by Dianne Hofmeyr

This book is available separately or as part of the Little Library Maths Kit. The colourfully illustrated, indigenous story teaches mathematical logic and literacy to children aged 5 to 9. As one of the ten award-winning South African stories in the Little Library Maths Kit, Mama Mabena's Magic explores numbers and colour theory through the medium of a story. The full-colour illustrations and exciting, original narrative make each reading entertaining as well as educational.

About the Author

Dianne Hofmeyr

Dianne Hofmeyr grew up next to the sea, on the southern tip of Africa, and has travelled just about everywhere in Africa since. Her father was a mapmaker - helping her to plot not only the stars and unfamiliar terrain but also the texture and smell of new experiences. Her writing is a result of journeys with notebook and camera through places like Eygpt, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Her teenage fiction has won the prestigious M-Net Book prize, judged with adult fiction, the Sanlam GOLD for Youth Literature (twice), the Sanlam SILVER award, the YOUNG AFRICA AWARD, an IBBY HONOURS BOOK award and a YOUNG AFRICA award. In South Africa, 'The Waterbearer' has won the M.E.R. award and is currently shortlisted for the Sunday Times Book of the Year.

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Book Info


16 pages


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Cambridge University Press

Publication date

22nd April 2002



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