The Herd Boy by Niki Daly

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"Pweew! Pweew!" Malusi's shrill whistling drives the sheep out of grandfather's kraal. By the time they reach the grazing slopes, the earth is hot beneath his bare feet.
He keeps the sheep and goats from straying towards the deep
donga, which is easy to fall into but hard to climb out of. You have to be awake, and you have to be brave, to be a herd boy.

Malusi is a herd boy. It is a big job for a small boy, yet he does it well, no matter the danger. But he also dreams of being more than a herd boy someday: Malusi wants to be president.
This simple but poignant story explores the idea that many great leaders have come from humble beginnings. Perhaps what gives someone the strength and integrity to lead well isn't so different from what it takes to be a good herd boy.
 

About Niki Daly

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Niki Daly has written and illustrated a number of award-winning picture books, including Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky (HarperCollins), Pretty Salma (Clarion), and Jamela's Dress (Frances Lincoln). Niki lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Published October 4, 2012 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs.

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Daly sketches his day, from his porridge breakfast to taking the sheep and goats out to graze, a little play with his friend, gathering dung to fertilize the garden, a dangerous encounter with a baboon and then home again.

Aug 08 2012 | Read Full Review of The Herd Boy

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Malusi also has a dream: he wants to be president, and when Nelson Mandela's car happens to drive by (it seems surprisingly believable), Mandela tells Malusi that he was once a herd boy himself.

Aug 27 2012 | Read Full Review of The Herd Boy

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