Let kids listen to stars

Adelle Gascoyne, left, and Andene Torlage Picture: Mark West
Adelle Gascoyne, left, and Andene Torlage Picture: Mark West

Two Uitenhage authors are on a path to teach pupils “good values” with the release of a new audio book called Die Avonture van Spikkels en Skitter.

Founder of the Help Our People Excel Foundation (Hope) Adelle Gascoyne and Grade R school teacher Andene Torlage released the audio book last week at a church sale.

Describing the audio book, Gascoyne – who has written 23 e-books and a print book – said the book was about a starfish, Spikkels, and a star, Skitter.

“The two main characters, who come from different backgrounds and cultures, become friends and go on adventures together. This book deals with making friends, rejection, self-esteem, bullying and resisting peer pressure,” Gascoyne said.

Levyvale Pre-Primary School teacher Torlage said she wanted to cater specifically to children around the age of her pupils.

Gascoyne and Torlage are hoping to turn the audio book into a series of stories and said Die Avonture van Spikkels and Skitter Volume 1 was the first six stories in the series.

“Our goal is to have 36-42 stories that will hopefully span an entire school year with one story per week filled with activities to build literacy, numeracy and essential life skills,” Gascoyne said.

The authors said they were also looking for an official publisher to assist them in getting the book out to a wider audience.

The authors are hoping to expand their audio book into isiXhosa and English and added that they had already started with the written aspect of translating.

Die Avonture van Spikkels en Skitter retails for R100 and with each purchase you get an activity book and crayons.

For more information on how to get a copy, contact Adelle Gascoyne on adellegascoyne@yahoo.com.

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