Menu

Zanele Situ’s Story – Biography for Early Grades

Zanele Situ Story biography for kidsZanele Situ’s Story is the true story of the first African woman to win a gold medal at the paralympics, an amazing story of overcoming disability and achieving success despite extreme difficulty.

As a young girl Zanele Situ was told that she would never walk again. Loving sports she was very sad. But being in a wheelchair did not stop her. She worked and trained hard, and became a winning athlete on the world stage.

An inspiring biography that will make children think. The length and content are perfect for school projects in early grades.

Another great creative commons book from Bookdash.

 

Illustrated by Jesse Breytenbach
Written by Liz Sparg
Designed by Andy Thesen

Sample Text and Images from Zanele Situ’s Story

I was born in summer, in a town called Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. Matatiele is near Lesotho where there are many mountains. In the winter they are covered with snow.

Zanele SituMy father was a builder and he moved from place to place to find work. We moved to Lesotho and that’s where I started school. I was very happy. But when I was eleven years old, I grew tired and weak, and then I couldn’t walk. My parents took me to the hospital.

Zanele SituI had to stay in hospital for three years.I was very tired and I slept many hours every day. After three years the doctors told me I would not be able to walk again.

I was very sad because I love sports.

“Zanele has TB in her spine. It has attacked her nerves. I am very sorry, but she will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.”

Zanele SituI went to a special school in Umtata, and my teachers encouraged me. It was a very busy school, with lots of activities like sport and sewing. On weekends we had tasks to do. We had to clean our rooms, polish our shoes and clean our wheelchairs.

<End of Page 4>

Zanele Situ's story for kids

About Bookdash

Bookdash is a South Africa non-profit organisation, consisting of volunteers who are passionate about getting books to kids than need them. Bookdash believes every child should have access to as many books as possible, as do we here at Free Kids Books! Read more about them in this article:  https://freekidsbooks.org/bookdash-cc-childrens-stories/

Why Book Dash?

Books purchased from publishers cost too much. In order to distribute more books for South African children, Book Dash participants work as publishers in a single day, having a book with no publishers mean the book will be a lot cheaper the only cost will be printing the books. With these, anyone can run sponsored prints and the finished books can be handed to children.

Every child should have a hundred books when they reach the age of five. that means handing down 600 million free books to South African children who probably could not afford to buy them, More children grow up not learning how to read and write well, and every day we lose more of these children. Let us not neglect these children and help them overcome poverty by first teaching them how to read and to enjoy the worlds that a book can open up.

 

See more books about Diversity and Differences

 

My Brother's Wheeeeelchair My Brother’s Wheeeeelchair - Durva and Dhrubo are brother and sister. Together they explore markets and parks, and they have lots of fun like normal siblings do. Dhrubo’s wheeeeelchair is a fun attachment to their games. Read about all the crazy things this pair get up to in My Brother’s Wheeeeelchair. Author: Salil Chaturvedi, Illustrator: Tanvi Bhat     ...
Welcome to the Forest – A visually impaired field trip - Welcome to the Forest – A true story of a group of visually impaired students who go on a field trip to the forest, enjoy this tale of what they conceptualise through touch and sound. Sample Text from Welcome to the Forest Tulsa wishes she could visit a forest. Her teacher reads stories about tigers ...
The New Girl, Diversity in Indian Culture The New Girl – Diversity in Indian Culture - A new girl comes to class, initially, she is shunned, but one child makes friends and encourages her to celebrate her differences. The story culminates in a class project where all children present items celebrating differences from all their backgrounds. The new girl shines. This is rated level 3 by Pratham, stories that are suitable ...
I am the Colour of Honey – Biracial experiences - I am the Colour of Honey – Biracial experiences – A little girl explains what it is like to have people make judgments about her skin colour. She loves her biracial family and wishes others would understand. A poignant look at our multicultural society through the eyes of a child, perfect for social studies or ...
US Civil Rights Free At Last Free At Last – The US Civil Rights Movement - A comprehensive textbook on Civil Rights in America, documenting the US civil rights movement from the introduction of slavery through to the enforcement of the Civil Rights Act and eradication of all discriminatory practices. This textbook was created by the US Bureau of International Information Programs and is available in Public Domain. Principal text written ...
SPLC Civil Rights Activity Book cover Civil Rights Activity Book – Southern Poverty Law Center - This beautifully presented Civil Rights Activity Book helps children learn about the US Civil Rights struggle fought for equal rights for people of colour in America. In 1964 President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, making it unlawful to treat people differently because of their race, religion, or sex. While the American Civil War ended ...
What is Love – Children’s Biography of Helen Keller - In What is Love – a children’s biography of Helen Keller, an excerpt from Helen Keller’s book, The Story of My Life is included, whereupon she explains beautifully the first time she learns what love is and what her life was like before her teacher arrived, thereafter the book details the biography of Helen Keller ...
the story of my life Helen Keller The Story of My Life – Helen Keller’s Autobiography up to age 21 - Helen Keller’s Autobiography, written at age 22, and details her growing up, before and after meeting Anne Sullivan, and her years in formal education, both special needs education and afterwards when she was accepted into main stream education, with the help of Ms Sullivan’s translation. The book includes letters written by Helen from the age ...
don't be a bully Don’t Be a Bully – FKB Be Nice Series Book 3 - Don’t be a Bully is a short simple book for young children, and beginner ESL readers, promoting values of anti-bullying and anti-discrimination. This book teaches children ten important life lessons about values and the importance of treating everyone equal, no matter what race, religion, gender, or abilities. There are exercises supporting the topics at the ...
being friends despite differences maths sorting Same-Same or Different? Being friends despite differences - Can you only be friends with people who are exactly like you? Is it wrong to be best friends with someone who is different? Learn to SORT OUT the answers to these questions, mathematically, and humanely, with Snake and Sparrow in this heartwarming story about friendship despite differences. This story about being friends despite differences ...

Read more books by Bookdash in our Bookdash Category.

 

tigs world Tig’s World – An important question - In Tig’s World Tig asks her mom who is a scientist and her dad who is a writer what happens to the people on the bottom side of the earth and why they don’t fall off. Whose answer is right? Author: Sam Wilson, Illustrator: Dorian Dutrieux     Sample Text from Tig’s World Tig’s mom ...
The Biscuit Jar Must Fall – Adventure in team work - The children are offered a reward of biscuits if they clean up, but when it’s time to get the biscuits their minder is nowhere to be found. An adventure in teamwork results as they endeavor to get the biscuit jar down from the shelf. Will they get it down in the end? Find out in ...
The Sea – Playing with Waves - The Sea a story about a girl and her family who went to the beach to escape the heat. She soon realizes how much fun it is playing with waves. This book has a lot of repetitive words with illustrations perfect for young children to learn new words. This book is brought to us by ...
where's that cat Where’s That Cat – Wordless fun - In Where’s That Cat, a wordless book, the inventor’s daughter goes looking for her missing cat. Adventure and humor follow in the resulting hunt. Sample Images from Where’s That Cat Illustrated by Thea Nicole de Klerk Written by Sam Wilson Another great book brought to us by BookDash, ensuring more books in children’s hands. See ...
Why Do Birds Sing At Dawn – Fun folktale - In Why Do Birds Sing At Dawn we find a fun folktale style story about birds singing at Dawn. Mama bird goes on a mission to save the forest and the babies are left alone, they miss her, learning to sing gives them hope she will return and she does. Illustrated by Emmanuel Grebo, Written ...
Teju’s Shadow – Dealing with fear - In Teju’s shadow, Teju’s Mama helps him get over his fear of the dark and fear of his shadow. A cute story for young children who are afraid. Illustrated by Ndumiso Nyoni, Written by Sope Martins Sample Text from Teju’s Shadow “What’s that?” Teju hides. “It won’t find me here!” He runs. “Why are you ...
Mama Antelope’s House – Fun Early Reader - In Mama Antelope’s House we see lots of repetition which makes it a great early reader, or just a fun story for young children. Hare plays a trick on the other animals, can they get into Mama Antelope’s House? Who is making all the noise? Find out more, learn a lesson in manners, and have ...
Auntie Boi’s Gift - In Auntie Boi’s Gift a family visits the post office to collect a gift from their Auntie, the girls have fun guessing what the gift might be. Illustrated by Ndumiso Nyoni, Written by Baeletsi Tsatsi Sample Text from Aunti Boi’s Gift Kopano and Rea are going to town for the first time ever! “Remember to ...
There’s an Alien in my House – A surprise new resident - In There’s an Alien in my House, a child gets a big surprise when the new arrival isn’t so alien after all. A good fun way to introduce young children to arrival of a new sibling. This is another awesome book brought to u by Bookdash licensed under creative commons. Illustrated by Suné Nadine, Written ...
Mali’s Friend – How to have a friend - A short tale of how a shy boy gains and have a friend. Mali doesn’t enjoy playing with the other children, he prefers playing by himself, but when Lesedi persists to ask him to play he gives in and finds it is fun, they become friends. A tale of overcoming shyness. This book is brought ...

Sponsored Links:

Note – if you sign up through these links, it doesn’t cost you any extra, but FKB receives a small donation, which helps us with our project to buy more FREE Hardcopies   for kids who need them


All our posts are checked by Grammarly, the FREE online grammar checker (We still receive a donation even if you only sign up for the free account :-):

 
Spread the love

Comments 4

  • We used this book as the material for my kindergartner’s non-fiction homework assignment. She enjoyed learning about Zanele Situ. The format was great, and the story was straight to the point, and easy for her to understand.

     
  • what age group is this book for?

     
  • I like this story. Because it have a special motto and simple language.

     
....