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Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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Naledi had never thought about it before tonight, but never, never, had she written about wanting to be…say, a doctor. It has been a great inspiration for teaching children to use subordinate clauses and using setting to convey emotions. They are successful in finding their mother, who is able to get her youngest to a doctor in time to save her life. 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.

The main worry of course, is whether they can find their mother; after that, can they save their sister? The author wanted to teach young children about the unacceptable policy of Apartheit that separated Africans from Caucasians purely by colour. Growing awareness of the sufferings of South Africa’s black children brings renewed point to Beverley Naidoo’s Journey to Joburg, a story for young readers, the more searing for its gentleness, that makes them ask questions we must learn to answer. However Journey to Jo’burg soon found its way into many different countries, in English and in translations, so that hundreds of thousands of children elsewhere were soon reading it.Similar themes include class divisions by race, segregation and apartheid, police abuse and brutality, the fight for civil rights, protests, etc. For example, at the very beginning of the story, Naledi and Tiro decide that because they would get in trouble for asking for money to pay for a telegram, they should walk to Johannesburg, a city over 300 kilometers away. By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. 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.

Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid - the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life.It is written from the viewpoint of two young children in South Africa who struggle to understand the injustice they and their families face. Both the truck driver and Grace take responsibility for the children’s well being once they come in contact with them. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid – the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life.

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. She does not like being away from her children but must work in Johannesburg to provide money for food, clothing and an education after their father died.In the process, Naledi learns about Apartheid from first hand experiences and stories from her friends. The tale centers around siblings Naledi and Tiro's journey into Johannesburg to get their mother when their little sister falls ill. Reading it, I am so impressed how Naidoo has tackled a very brutal and disturbing topic and made it accessible, while thought provoking, to children. In a no name village, two children aged 13 and 9 decide to go to Jo'burg to bring their mother home - the only person able to maybe save their little sister, severely sick for several days.

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