Tullula by Refiloe Moahloli
12 Oct 2017
Tullula is a majestic bird bird born into royalty – the ndunas of the herd.
Being a nduna means having to guard the skies at night (although it’s not entirely clear what the ndunas are guarding against).
Tullula longs for something different, so she sneaks off during the day (while the rest of the ndunas are sleeping) to explore what life is like living in sunlight.
Hand Bound Book with Hand-Embroidered Illustrations
The artist, Simon Mahlo, is from Morapalala village in Limpopo, South Africa. He collaborates with women in rural Limpopo to create hand-embroidered home decor products.
Print and Audiobook
The embroidered illustrations have been adapted to a digital format and used in a printed version of the book.
Included is a CD featuring the Tallula songs and a reading by the author.
About the author
Refiloe Moahloli is author of the bestselling How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?. She is aunt to many nieces and nephews who consider her to be ‘one of them’ due to her modest height. Life with them inspires a number of stories, which float in her head at all times. Refiloe enjoys playing hockey and is a full-time couch coach of South Africa’s cricket teams.
About the illustrator
Simon Mahlo grew up in Morapalala, Limpopo, South Africa. When he was younger he would get into trouble with his teachers for drawing on almost anything he could find. His love for drawing never wavered – he now has his own company Mahlo Arts and Design, where he collaborates with women in rural Limpopo to create hand-embroidered, home-decor products. Hand-embroidery is a skill that has been passed down through generations in his family. Tullula the Bird, Nduna of the Herd is his debut children’s book.