Last updated on Nov 12th, 2020 at 07:08 pm

She helped draft the South African Constitution, headed the public protector’s office, took up a position as a professor of law,  and now she’s penned a children’s book…

Is there anything Thuli Madonsela can’t do.

Inspired by her granddaughter, Melokuhle, “Melo’s Kingdom” takes children on a wonderful adventure to the African bush with Melo and her special animal friends. Each of the charming stories explores an African proverb and incorporates biblical principles to inspire and educate children in an engaging way.

“‘Like the fables and proverbs we grew up with, the stories in Melo’s Kingdom are character-building,” explains Madonsela. “Buried in these stories are pearls of wisdom, principles for living a life well-lived and images that transport the reader or listener to enchanting worlds far away. It is my hope that the stories will bring back story time where families read and tell stories while sitting together.”

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Teaching children to love reading is important to their development

Madonsela says instilling a love of reading at an early age gives a child an edge on a number of levels. Not only does it help to build self-confidence and social-emotional skills, it also expands their vocabulary, stimulates their imagination and helps them to develop language and listening skills – a much needed skill in our world today.

“More importantly, we need to instil a moral compass in our children and Melo’s Kingdom aims to help establish this in a delightful way,” says Madonsela.

“As a team, it is our sincere hope and prayer that the stories will cultivate God-centred lives. We hope readers and listeners will grow in values such as love, kindness, respect, integrity, self-belief and courage. Above all, we hope Melo’s Kingdom helps cultivate the audacity to live and lead with authenticity and grace.”


Melo’s Kingdom is published and distributed by Christian Art Publishers and are now available in book stores round the country.