Once Upon a Time by Niki Daly


Once Upon a Time by Niki Daly

When Sarie's teacher says, Children, take out your reading books, a sick feeling grips Sarie. The words trip up her tongue and she stutters and stammers, making the children in the back row giggle. But there are two people who sympathise: her schoolfriend Emile, and Ou Missus, the old lady living over the veld. One Sunday, Sarie comes across an old copy of Cinderella and begs Ou Missus to read it to her, Ou Missus says, No - we will read it together. Sarie's confidence grows, until the day comes when the school principal says to Sarie, You read beautifully!


This heart-warming tale of friendship will appeal not only to reluctant readers but also to those who lack self-confidence and find it hard to make friends. www.booktrusted.com

About the Author

Niki Daly

NIKI DALY has won many awards for his exuberant work. His groundbreaking Not So fast Songololo (1986), winner of a U.S Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Since then, he has been published across the globe and has visited and presented talks in several countries. Among his many Frances Lincoln books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the US Children's Africana Book Awards of 2004. Jamela's Dress - first in the Jamela series - was another milestone book, chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children's Book and by Booklist as one of the Top 10 African American Picture Books of 2000, and winning both the Children's Literature Choice Award and the Parent's Choice Silver Award.

Niki lives with his wife, the illustrator Jude Daly, in Mowbray, a bustling Cape Town suburb.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Publication date

1st August 2004



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