The Herd Boy
The Herd Boy  -     By: Niki Daly
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In this simple but poignant story, the author explores the idea that many great men came from humble beginnings. Malusi is a herd boy, which means that he must look after his grandfather's sheep and goats and keep them from being harmed on the grazing slopes. It is a big job for a small boy, but it is one that Malusi does well. Even when a hungry baboon attacks the herd, Malusi isn't afraid. But he also dreams of someday being more than a herd boy.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 10.25 X 9.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0802854176
ISBN-13: 9780802854179
Ages: 6-10

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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.

Author Bio

Niki Daly has written and illustrated a number of award-,winning picture books, including Pretty Salma(Clarion), Ruby Sings the Blues (Bloomsbury),and Jamela's Dress (Frances Lincoln). Niki livesin Cape Town, South Africa.,

Publishers Weekly

Malusi has a blue hat, a red blanket, and a difficult job: trying to keep his grandfather's sheep and goats safe from baboons. He has to watch for snakes and prevent his animals from falling into the ravine. "You have to be awake, and you have to be brave, to be a herd boy," writes Daly (Pretty Salma). 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. "Ah, a boy who looks after his herd will make a very fine leader. Sala kahle [stay well], Mr. President." While the episode is imagined, the message is clearly one of hope; Daly gives children like Malusi reason to believe that, despite their humble circumstances, they, too, can aspire to the nation's highest office. And Daly's portrait of rural South African life--the growls of baboons, the taste of maize porridge, and the view of the village enclosure from above--gives his story an almost cinematic dimension. Ages 6–10. (Oct.) 2012 Reed Business Information

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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
 
Junior Library Guild Selection (2012)
Poetry Center at Passaic County CCPaterson Prize for Young People Honor Book (2013)
United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)Outstanding International Books(2013)

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