Grandma Toodie's Books
The idea for these books came to me when I was photographing in Kruger National Park, South Africa. The elephants were playing in the water and all could think of was Grace and Lily, my beautiful granddaughters.
After showing the book to Samuel Cox at African Impact the idea came to life. They're not only children books but a way of helping to teach children about conversation. Using my photography makes these books even more special.
I first fell in love with Africa in 2012. The beauty of the animals intrigued me as I was privileged enough to watch them in their natural habitat. I began to teach myself simple photography on weekends looking out at Lake Huron. I became hooked, and went back to Africa to photograph zebras, monkeys, lions and more.
One day while I was in Kruger National Park I decided to write a book with some of my photographs for my granddaughters, and realized how influential these books could be for young children. I have now written 5 books with a series of different animals and themes. I want to use my photographs to allow for discussion about animal conversation as well as environmental conversation. I hope that my books can make children smile and that they fall in love with playful, fun, young Nzinga.
Nzinga and A Trip to the Water Hole
Nzinga and Facing Your Fears
Nzinga and A Special Day With Wild Dogs
Nzinga and The Search for Water