South Coast resident and author Tracy Millar has just self-published her first children’s book, Gerald and Friends.
The book, which is an adventure series aimed at children aged four to eight, tells the story of a giraffe calf named Gerald and is based on a wildlife area in Limpopo.
Gérald makes a lot of friends and they go on all sorts of adventures in the bush.
The Giraffe Calf has a crooked ear, and although sometimes teased about it, he maintains a positive attitude and only cares about going on adventures with his best friend Daisy the Duiker.
“Kids love to read about animals, so why not read about our beautiful wildlife,” Millar said.
In this story, Gerald and Daisy meet two new friends. They all get lost in the bush and run into scary animals and have to find their way.
“Conservation is so important and educating our children is vital to its existence, which is why the book incorporates educational facts with questions at the end, making it a learning tool for children and adults. adults.”
The idea for Gerald and Friends came about when Millar took a walk in the bush and ended up watching a family of giraffes play.
Although the author resides in Bazley, she and her family travel back and forth between KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo as her husband owns a construction company and builds houses in Hoedspruit. While traveling, she was able to discover the fauna of Limpopo and shares some of it through her book.
One of the biggest challenges the author faced early on was finding the time to write the book.
“Also, when you have time, you need the inspiration that doesn’t always come at the same time,” she explained.
Millar has always enjoyed writing and even remembers his school days when he was often asked to stand in front of his class and read his stories aloud.
Her end goal is to write about more adventures, and she’s already busy with the second book where she’ll introduce a new friend to the group of animals.
To learn more about the author and his new book, visit www.geraldandfriends.co.za
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