The Cape Flats kids’ active imaginations’ have resulted in their stories being published in a book.
Mini-authors Tasreeq America and Tahica Moses, both 12, are learners at Dagbreek Primary School in Heideveld and their original fiction has been published in this year’s Children Writing to Grow Smart book.
Both of the little writers are in Grade 6 and spent more than four months getting to grips with the nitty gritty of being English authors before they put pen to paper.
Tahica says: “I read a lot of books, and I like mystery stories. I wrote a mystery story.”
Her story, The Magical Mystery Box, is a tale of two sisters who meet a stranger and end up the owners of a box with a big surprise inside.
Tahica says they couldn’t have done it without the help of teacher and mentor Janice April, who in turn says she’s very proud of her learners.
“They are Afrikaans first language learners, so to get their English essays published is a great achievement,” says April.
Tasreeq was a little different — he was part of a group who created a story called An Act Of Love, and he wrote the first chapter.
The excited boy says he did research before writing.
“It’s a story about chickens on a farm,” says Tasreeq.
“And I read books about chickens and I watched DVD’s. In this one book there is a naughty chicken who drowns in a river and then an alligator bites him,” he adds.
Teacher April says at first the kids were a bietjie nervous to start writing: “At the beginning they both said, ‘Juffrou, ma die is groot woorde,’ and it was all about building their confidence.”
Tasreeq made the top three in his category and won R4 000, which will go toward his high school fees.
Proud Dagbreek Primary School principal Leon Jones says: “The book has already been published and in the next few weeks the school will get 20 copies delivered and all the learners will be able to read the stories.”