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Searching for the Spirit of Spring

Searching for the Spirit of SpringA young girl goes in search of the spirit of spring to help save her village. An endearing tale of friendship and culture. Another great creative commons book from BookDash.

Illustrated by Selina Masego Morulane, Written by Mosa Mahlaba, Designed by Sibusiso Mkhwanazi

 

Text and Images from Searching for the Spirit of Spring

Spirit of SpringThe Winter cold had passed.
Spring was coming to Nkanyezi’s village. Soon the villagers would gather to celebrate the new season. Nkanyezi
looked forward to the Spring festival more than any other day in the year.

Spirit of Spring

One warm morning, Nkanyezi
overheard two village elders
talking about the festival.
“The people of Ndlovu have lost
their spirit of celebration,” one sighed.
“How can we have a Spring
festival in a village that has
forgotten how to celebrate?”
asked another.

 

Spirit of Spring

 

Nkanyezi was worried.
“How will the sun shine again
unless we sing to wake it from
its winter slumber?” she asked herself.
Nkanyezi thought for a long time.
“I must find what we have lost,”
she decided.
“I must go in search of things
that will bring back the spirit of
celebration to my village.”

 

Spirit of SpringThe elders gave Nkanyezi their blessing for the journey. They gave her a bag to carry the things she would find.
Nkanyezi was afraid, but she believed she would succeed.

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