Duma says: Let’s Live! (Collector’s Edition), by Nathi Ngubane
All three books in one volume
Join Duma, his sister Zinhle and brother Wandile, as they find ways to help their community deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. They sew masks, build an open-air school and come up with games they can play while still keeping safe and healthy.
There are many books about covid-19 attempting to help kids feel safe and comfortable during these absurd times. But not many books that represent people of colour and even fewer, that center kids from marginalized communities.
The books are unique in that they are an attempt to tell the story of the pandemic through the eyes of children living in cramped and impoverished circumstances.
Set in South Africa, the stories showcase the adventures of Duma and his friends in an informal settlement during a time of covid-19.
The kids make masks, build an outdoor school and learn to play games while socially distancing.
‘Duma Says’ has been translated into six languages, into braille and have been made available on South Africa’s Department of Health’s website.
It has also been featured on Al Jazeera’s The Stream, New Frame, Daily Maverick and others.
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