Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

FREE Shipping

Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

RRP: £99
Price: £9.9
£9.9 FREE Shipping

In stock

We accept the following payment methods


While this short little novel was an interesting peak into living conditions in South Africa, I found it to be a little didactic. It has prompted some lively discussions as well as provided a strong platform for engaging literacy lessons and cross curricular activities for half a term. Their mother is able to get time off, beginning the next day, to take her children home and help Dineo.

When they come to another village, they walk quickly so as to not attract the attention of the police because policemen in this area are often corrupt. Naledi had never thought about it before tonight, but never, never, had she written about wanting to be…say, a doctor. Examples that black Africans faced in South Africa included having to carry pass books, being sent to school only to learn how to be servants, and not having the rights to live or work where they wanted to. He celebrates Journey to Jo'burg for being the first childrens' book about the lives of black African during apartheid. This edition of Beverley Naidoo’s classic story includes a special 'Why You’ll Love This Book' introduction by Michael Rosen, former Children’s Laureate.I stopped and went on Wikipedia (my go-to source on almost everything) to see what the deal with Jo'burg is (it is Johannesburg indeed! Here, they meet a girl named Grace, who helps them find their mother and offers to let them sleep at her house for the night. Not understanding how far away the city is, the two set off down the road with hardly any food or water. The opulence of the white 'Madam’s' house contrasts starkly with the reality that Naledi and Tiro face - that their baby sister is suffering from starvation, not an incurable disease.

The wealth was all in the hands of the 'Whites', while the labour was done by the 'Blacks' who worked long hours for little pay and lived under apalling conditions. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know, deep down, that only one person can save her. Two kids see their little sister getting very ill but the lady who cares for them doesn't have money for a hospital.A gripping, heartfelt journey of two siblings desperate to find their mother in Joberg, set off on foot to bring their mother back to save their I'll baby sister. When my daughter told me about a book titled journey to jo'burg that she started reading at school in their book club, I was immediately interested in the story. Journey to Jo’Burg is set in South Africa during the apartheid and tells the story of Naledi and Tiro who, frightened that their baby sister Dineo will die, take a 300km journey to find their mother who works there as a maid.

And on their journey to Johannesburg, Naledi and Tiro are shown by Beverley Naido as making many unexpected friends out of strangers and who all help them not only with their travels but to also stay out of reach of the police, sometimes perhaps a bit too easily and a bit too quickly, but well, considering the intended age age group for Journey to Jo'burg this does not really all that much bother me, as indeed, and much importantly, much appreciatively, Naidoo has Naledi and Tiro soon learning that in Apartheid-infested South Africa, as Black South Africans, they do not have a right to get on the bus or walk about freely without a pass, and they do not even have a right to their own mother (who works as a maid, as a servant to an arrogant and ignorant White family in Johannesburg). They realized that there is a lot about South Africa that they don't know, which their schools are not teaching them. When their baby sister falls seriously ill, two young South African siblings set out from home to make the 200+ mile journey to Johannesburg to find their mother, who works as a housekeeper for a rich, white family. Once in the big city, they learn of the racial segregation system and other inequalities, or situations where two groups of people are not treated in the same way, as well as those who are punished for speaking out against and protesting apartheid. This was a brilliant read and a great introduction to children in KS2 about life in South Africa for black people, the Apartheid and segregation.All those lesson on writing letters…for jobs as servants…always writing how good they were at cooking, cleaning, washing, gardening…always ending with “Yours obediently. The fictional characters were very well described and the settings and scenes made you feel like you were really there.

All of our books are 100% brand new, unread and purchased directly from the publishers in bulk allowing us to pass the huge savings on to you! Naledi and Tiro's family is so poor that they can't afford to go to the doctor when Dineo falls sick. This is the story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid.Set against the dangerous landscape of apartheid South Africa, JOURNEY TO JO'BURG is the inspiring story of two brave children who will do anything to save their little sister. Summary: A short, but engrossing journey of two siblings Naledi and Tiro, who journey from Johannesburg to Jo'Burg because their baby sister has become very ill. It might be hard, at first, for them to keep the characters straight, since I even struggled with that as an adult.

  • Fruugo ID: 258392218-563234582
  • EAN: 764486781913
  • Sold by: Fruugo

Delivery & Returns


Address: UK
All products: Visit Fruugo Shop