Let’s Celebrate Earth Day in the best way possible, with beautiful Natural Factual Picture Books.


written by Roslynne Toerien

illustrated by Julie Smith-Belton

These books, about wild animals, are so great, brilliant rhyming stories set on the plains of Africa. They are packed with facts, that effortlessly flow through the story. The stories are full of energy and enthusiasm. There are great little features, special fact pages at the end of the book, something to look for on every page: an ox pecker in the Speedy Six Olympics and African Monarch butterflies in The Forgotten Four.


Another special feature is the QR code at the front of the books, that allows the young reader to listen to the story as they reads along.

The artwork is glorious, lovely and vibrant. Even the end page artworks are glorious and special. A lot of effort has gone into presenting these beautiful picture books for local children, stories in their own context.


The Speedy Six Olympics

It’s fast, it’s fun and a smashing read, just in time for the Olympic Games. If you ever wanted to know who the fastest animal on earth… then this is the book for you. From the leopard to the dung beetle, and all sorts of wonderful animals in between… everyone has their own pace. And yes the falcon and the cheetah are the fastest of fast, but this book contains several unusual suspects in the race line-up… hyenas and ostriches for example. This is an exciting romp of a story and also packed with facts for young fact lovers… this is a great addition to your book collection, and perfect for inspiring young nature lovers.


The Forgotten Four

Another great story of a family on a game spotting holiday, and of course they will see the Big Five: The Lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhino and the buffalo. But what else will they see? I love that this story digs a little deeper and looks at other incredible animals and their super powers: Giraffes, hippos, warthogs and zebra… A lovely story, absolutely packed with information for young animal lovers that just can’t seem to get enough facts.


Highly, highly recommend these locally themed stories for youngsters who are fascinated by wild animals and who like a good bedtime romp. Perfect balance between facts and fun and stunning illustrations on every spread.

These books were given to us for review purposes by Penguin Random House South Africa and Struik Nature. This is not a sponsored post and opinions expressed are entirely our own.

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