Tortoise and Ostrich! Qhoi nia tjhoi! Skilpad en Volstruis!


A delightful folk tale by Katrina Esau from the Northern Cape, and the very first children’s book to feature a story for children, in the N|uu language. This tale about Ostrich and Tortoise is written in N|uu, Afrikaans and English. Children will be inspired by the wily antics of the tortoise, and the humorous illustrations by well-known artist, Stanley Grootboom.

Storyteller, language activist, teacher of ancient knowledge, Katrina Esau, affectionately known as Ouma Katrina was born in the Northern Cape where she lives in Upington. Ouma Katrina and her brother Simon Sauls are the last surviving mother tongue speakers of the N/uu language. Ouma Katrina is determined to ensure the survival of her language by teaching it to children and young people in her family and community at a school she runs in her backyard. Her efforts to save her language have earned her national and international recognition. In 2014 she was honoured in the Presidential National Orders with the Order of the Baobab in Silver.