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Noma’s Sand – A Tale from Lesotho
Age Range: 7 – 12 years
The latest new title by Meshack Asare, a prolific and prize-winning children’s author and illustrator, whose books have appeared in many languages and are celebrated throughout the world. Sothulu, a ruthless moneylender, comes to claim back money borrowed by Noma’s father from the family who know nothing of his debts. First he takes Bodo, the family cow and sole source of income. Then he wants to take Noma’s sand, strewn over the courtyard and making it beautiful. But Noma is prepared to fight.
Meshack Asare is one of Africa's top children's writers and illustrators, and has won numerous awards including being the 2015 recipient of the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature, he is the first African to win the award. In 1982 he won The Noma Award for Publishing in Africa, and in 1999 the Toyota/Children's Literature Foundation Best Picture Story Book Illustrator's award and the Unesco First Prize for Children and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance.
Meshack Asare, born 1945 in Ghana, studied Fine Arts at the College of Art in Kumasi and taught in Ghana for 12 years between 1967 and 1979. During that period, he took an extension course in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin.