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Bheki is small for his age and is bullied by the bigger boys in his African village, but his magic light wins him friends and respect - until the light begins to fade.

Join Bheki on his life-changing journey to bring power back to the magic light. Perfect for teaching children about science, other cultures, and self-worth.



Bheki and the Magic Light was first published by Penguin Books SA.

Now also in paperback. Ideal for teaching children about science, self worth and other cultures.

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The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best childrens books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
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As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!



'The big day has arrived and Bhekis house is flooded with electric light for the first time. He remembers the time, many years before, when his father gave him a light that really did seem to be magic. The torch brought him many friends and a new status in the kraal, until its beam began to fade. Bhekis journey to bring power back to the magic light tested him to the limit but ended in magic of a different kind. It gave him a belief in himself.'

At the end of the story, Bheki explains how batteries work and how electricity is generated and brought into homes across the world.

If you watched Nelson Mandela's funeral service at Qunu you will recognise the similar rural setting in the story. (Nelson Mandela was also a herd boy)

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #3 on: May 29, 2016, 12:08:23 pm »
    Have had some lovely reviews.

    This was a well-rounded story, taking a simple science idea (electricity) and turning it into something so much more! Yes in this story children will learn about electricity and how it works, in a simple and child-friendly and appropriate way, I also appreciated that safety issues were discussed, but they will also learn about believing in yourself and that you don't need "things" to make you special, you have your own unique qualities and strengths that make you special just as you are. As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!



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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #4 on: June 25, 2016, 12:36:19 pm »
    'The big day has arrived and Bheki's house is flooded with electric light for the first time. He remembers the time, many years before, when his father gave him a light that really did seem to be magic. The torch brought him many friends and a new status in the kraal, until its beam began to fade. Bheki's journey to bring power back to the magic light tested him to the limit but ended in magic of a different kind. It gave him a belief in himself.'

    At the end of the story, Bheki explains how batteries work and how electricity is generated and brought into homes across the world.

    If you watched Nelson Mandela's funeral service at Qunu you will recognise the similar rural setting in the story. (Nelson Mandela was also a herd boy)

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #5 on: July 10, 2016, 12:10:43 pm »
    Bheki and the Magic Light was first published by Penguin Books SA.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children�s books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #6 on: August 21, 2016, 09:01:25 am »
    A boy who is small for his age discovers that being small can sometimes be an advantage.

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #7 on: August 31, 2016, 12:02:58 pm »
    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #8 on: September 17, 2016, 12:27:20 pm »
    'The big day has arrived and Bheki's house is flooded with electric light for the first time. He remembers the time, many years before, when his father gave him a light that really did seem to be magic. The torch brought him many friends and a new status in the kraal, until its beam began to fade. Bheki's journey to bring power back to the magic light tested him to the limit but ended in magic of a different kind. It gave him a belief in himself.'

    At the end of the story, Bheki explains how batteries work and how electricity is generated and brought into homes across the world.

    If you watched Nelson Mandela's funeral service at Qunu you will recognise the similar rural setting in the story. (Nelson Mandela was also a herd boy)

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #9 on: September 28, 2016, 12:22:53 pm »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!




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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #10 on: October 08, 2016, 12:23:24 pm »
    'The big day has arrived and Bheki's house is flooded with electric light for the first time. He remembers the time, many years before, when his father gave him a light that really did seem to be magic. The torch brought him many friends and a new status in the kraal, until its beam began to fade. Bheki's journey to bring power back to the magic light tested him to the limit but ended in magic of a different kind. It gave him a belief in himself.'

    At the end of the story, Bheki explains how batteries work and how electricity is generated and brought into homes across the world.

    If you watched Nelson Mandela's funeral service at Qunu you will recognise the similar rural setting in the story. (Nelson Mandela was also a herd boy)


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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #11 on: November 20, 2016, 11:21:56 am »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #12 on: December 05, 2016, 10:20:17 am »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #13 on: December 17, 2016, 04:19:29 am »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #14 on: December 30, 2016, 04:31:05 am »
    'The big day has arrived and Bheki's house is flooded with electric light for the first time. He remembers the time, many years before, when his father gave him a light that really did seem to be magic. The torch brought him many friends and a new status in the kraal, until its beam began to fade. Bheki's journey to bring power back to the magic light tested him to the limit but ended in magic of a different kind. It gave him a belief in himself.'

    At the end of the story, Bheki explains how batteries work and how electricity is generated and brought into homes across the world.

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #15 on: January 08, 2017, 02:50:08 am »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #16 on: January 15, 2017, 11:01:00 am »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

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    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #17 on: January 22, 2017, 04:45:13 am »
    'The big day has arrived and Bheki's house is flooded with electric light for the first time. He remembers the time, many years before, when his father gave him a light that really did seem to be magic. The torch brought him many friends and a new status in the kraal, until its beam began to fade. Bheki's journey to bring power back to the magic light tested him to the limit but ended in magic of a different kind. It gave him a belief in himself.'

    At the end of the story, Bheki explains how batteries work and how electricity is generated and brought into homes across the world.

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #18 on: January 30, 2017, 10:02:29 am »
    Excited that Bheki is being translated into Chinese.

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #19 on: February 08, 2017, 04:52:11 am »
    Translation into Chinese and first proof-reading now completed  :)

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #20 on: February 16, 2017, 07:16:25 am »
    Bheki is now being typeset into Chinese.  :)

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    « Reply #21 on: February 27, 2017, 10:09:38 am »
    Looking forward to seeing the cover in Chinese  :D.

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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #22 on: March 10, 2017, 11:06:23 am »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!


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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #23 on: March 28, 2017, 10:49:59 am »
    Bheki is now being transcoded into the various digital forms ready for sale in China  :). Looking forward to seeing the cover in Chinese.


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    Re: KU Bheki and the Magic Light (a bullied boy becomes a hero)
    « Reply #24 on: April 23, 2017, 08:15:55 am »
    First published by Penguin in their Puffin series.

    Review
    The high quality of writing and artwork make this book a treasure. It accomplishes what the best children's books do: It tells a compelling story while providing many educational details.
    Review
    As a teacher in the classroom you are always looking for unique ways to teach children things, and especially things that don't compartmentalise but link multiple subjects together, and this book does just this, so much more than just an interesting tool to use in science class!

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