Aimed at pre-school to lower primary age readers, How to Reach for the Stars, is written in English and Swahili. It features Little Tembo, a young elephant who is encouraged by her Grandma Bibi to ‘reach for the stars’. Little Tembo wonders what this really means and goes on a journey of discovery to find out.
The language translation of this story was a collaborative project between the author and two Tanzanian primary schools.
Philippa first visited Tanzania to work voluntarily 20 years ago. She was inspired to create this cross-cultural picture book after deciding to travel back in January next year with her 18 year old daughter Abeni and two Jamberoo friends to again volunteer at a local Tanzanian school.
She didn’t want to go back empty handed, so came up with the idea of creating a cross-cultural book.
“Students in third world countries that speak English as a second language do not have many picture book resources to help them with language learning.
“In this story Little Tembo represents a child anywhere in the world who wonders how they can reach high to achieve their dreams for the future.”
The book will be available from local bookstores from 20 October.