Lecturer in the School of Education Dr Ntokozo Mkhize-Mthembu has co-authored a series of children’s isiZulu books titled Funda Ukufunda noTippie iZinga R with colleagues Ms Reinette Lombard and Ms Jose’ Palmer.
The books aim to simplify learning to read isiZulu with Tippie the elephant, the main character in the series.
Each story is unique, interesting and the text is supported by colourful, engaging illustrations that aid comprehension.
Tippie experiences modern day adventures in each book whilst staying true to typical child development. These sequential reading books were designed with a focus on sound development, linking sounds and letters as well as building success and self confidence in reading.
‘The book has modern bright illustrations aligned to the text which encourages reading with comprehension, and expands vocabulary and language skills,’ said Mkhize-Mthembu.
The first 10 books in the series focus on short vowels, simple consonants, blends and sight words. This series will also help children learning to read isiXhosa as a first or additional language.
‘The books cultivate a culture of reading that echoes children’s daily encounters and adventures,’ said Mkhize-Mthembu. ‘Tippie is a friendly and diverse elephant that embraces diversity and a multilingual community. Tippie is not restrained by culture or race, and is also not grade specific. He can be used for home language, and first additional and second language learning as it is progressive,’ she said