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Do you want to tell your own stories but sometimes find it a bit difficult to get going? Here are some ideas to get you started - available in 6 SA languages. 

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The lemon hunt

Posted on March 13th, 2019
Long ago, there was a land filled with every kind of fruit tree. The only fruit that nobody had ever seen or tasted, was the lemon. One day, the king’s favourite daughter, Bokang, fell ill. Many doctors and sangomas tried to help her, but Bokang didn’t get better. At last, a very...

Phumla and the old woman

Posted on March 12th, 2019
Once upon a time, an old woman lived all alone near the top of a tall mountain above a village. Everybody in the village was afraid of her. They called her “The Witch”. One day a young girl called Phumla went out to collect wild roots and herbs on the slopes of the...

How stories began

Posted on March 12th, 2019
A long time ago, a woman lived with her family in a village in the Kingdom of Zululand. Every Sunday the family went down to the big ocean. The woman made food over a fire while her husband looked for wood washed up by the sea to carve beautiful things: birds, people and...

Flying Lerato

Posted on March 11th, 2019
One day long ago, a girl called Lerato was walking through the veld when she saw a little black pig fast asleep under a bush. “Aha,” said Lerato. “We will eat well tonight.” Lerato grabbed the little pig, but to her surprise, it squeaked, “Please, let me go! I’ll reward you – I’m...

The escape

Posted on March 11th, 2019
Long ago, a wicked giant stole two children and made them his slaves. All day they cooked and cleaned and washed his smelly clothes. The giant never locked the door, because he knew his pet crow wouldn’t let the children escape. This bird had very sharp eyes, and it told the giant everything...

Too loud!

Posted on April 19th, 2016
One weekend, Thandi and Zulfah found a cone that had been made from old cardboard. Thandi looked through one end and Zulfah looked through the other. They saw each other’s eyes! Next they decided to sing through the cone at the same time but their sounds crashed together! ‘First let me...

Thandi’s new hairstyle

Posted on April 12th, 2016
One day Thandi went to school feeling a bit shy. Her older sister had put braids in her hair. Thandi really liked them but she was worried that the other children would stare at her because she looked different. First, a boy came up to her and tugged at one of...

What about…?

Posted on April 12th, 2016
One evening when David’s dad got home from work, they were both feeling very hungry. But David was looking very grubby from all the playing he had been doing after school! ‘Time for your bath,’ said Dad. ‘I don’t want to bath tonight, thank you, Dad,’ said David. ‘Well, I’m afraid you need...

An accident

Posted on April 12th, 2016
One afternoon, Zulfah’s family was in the kitchen. Everyone was doing something. Zulfah was helping her father chop up vegetables for the soup. Her mother was washing dishes at the sink. Zulfah’s little brother, Ashraf, was thirsty.  He wanted something to drink but nobody heard him say, ‘Dink, please!’ because...

A special day

Posted on April 12th, 2016
Thandi woke up feeling very excited. It was her birthday and she was NOT seven anymore! “I’m eight years old, I’m eight years old, I’m eight years old today,” she sang to herself. Eight sounded so much older that seven. Seven-year-olds couldn’t do what eight-year-olds could. Her mom had said that...