Eight-year old Stacey Fru is no ordinary Grade 3 pupil; she is an avid reader and writer, and will be launching her first book at the Wits International Language and Literacy Symposium this weekend.
The Sacred Heart College pupil decided to try her hand at writing after scouring through many books, and, after much hard work, produced ‘Smelly Cats’, a 108-page colourfully illustrated book which took her four months to finish.
“I like reading and writing. I could not get enough of reading books and I wanted to write my own,” said Stacey.
‘Smelly Cats’ is a book about two cats who are cousins and who were brought up in different backgrounds. The two cats are always fighting with one another, but in the end, they manage to put their differences aside and reconcile as friends.
“In life everyone has a time to fight, and you can’t live without fighting,” said Stacey.
Stacey’s mother and manager, Victorine Fur, meanwhile said she writes anytime, anywhere, and about anything.
The young girl has already sold 1000 copies of ‘Smelly Cat’ at her first book launch at her school last month.
Her next launch will take place in the Staff lounge, Bohlahleng Block, Parktown Education Campus at 6pm on Saturday.
It forms part of the Symposium themed ‘Shifting the Lenses: Language and Literacy Education in Multilingual Encounters’.