Once upon a Time, Paperback

Once upon a Time Paperback

Illustrated by Niki Daly

4.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


When Sarie's teacher says, "Children, take out your reading books," a sick feeling grips Sarie.

The words trip up her tongue and she stutters and stammers, making the children in the back row giggle.

But there are two people who sympathise: her schoolfriend Emile, and Ou Missus, the old lady living over the veld.

One Sunday, Sarie comes across an old copy of Cinderella and begs Ou Missus to read it to her, Ou Missus says, "No - we will read it together." Sarie's confidence grows, until the day comes when the school principal says to Sarie, "You read beautifully!"


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780711219939


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Sarie struggles when she reads aloud in class in her South African school, but then she and her friend Auntie Anna find a book about Cinderella in Auntie Anna's old car and begin to read together. This was a beautiful story. I would read this to my students to show if you find you book you love read it over and over, so you can better you reading. Sarie reading Cinderella everyday with her Aunt build her fluency.

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This book teaches children don't give up. Sarie was having difficulty reading and the little girls made fun of her. With her Auntie Anna, she began reading the story of Cinderella every Sunday until she was comfortable to read in class, without messing up. Emile is a little boy who did not laugh at Sarie so she looked at him as her own prince. There's always one person who will be your friend and not make fun of you during your hard times.

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Again, my daughter really likes how Daly illustrates in all of his books. I felt like this book had a soul. A sweet story of how one person can make a difference for another.