Title: Elves and Feathered Friends
Author: Isabel Eckleben
Illustrator: Deon Louw
Genre: Illustrated Children's Book
Publisher: Wordweaver Publishing House
Windhoek, Namibia 2017
Hardcover, 22 x 22 cm, 48 pages, throughout illustrated
Elves and Feathered Friends, a beautifully illustrated book, allows children to journey into a phantasy world comprising a mix of fabled creatures and Namibian animals, birds and plants. As they join the elves and guineafowl in their everyday life – playing, exploring, celebrating, finding food – they keep meeting characters as individual and extraordinary as the world they live in. Guinea Fowl Land is a place of magic and wonder. Here, guinea fowls and elves have lived side by side in harmony for a hundred and one years.
The other day my feathered friends came to visit. They urged me, "You painted pictures of us guinea fowls many years ago. We believe it is high time to put your pen to paper and share our tales with the children." Every day in Guinea Fowl Land, guinea fowls and elves face the same problems as we do in our world. But no problem has ever been serious enough to cause quarrels and disagreements.
It is not like in our world where we squabble and argue, and end up being unhappy with each other. This is why peace and trust exist in Guinea Fowl Land to this very day. Stand beside me. Peep over my shoulder. Join me now on a journey to Guinea Fowl Land. Let me introduce you to some of my friends with wings and feathers. Sit back, relax and let your imagination fly away with you. Visit a land you have perhaps never seen before - Namibia, a place in Africa of sand, dunes and trees growing near rivers.