• Once Upon Our Planet, our vibrantly illustrated Reading Room series, promises to spark imagination and wonder.

Once Upon Our Planet

This month, we bring together a dozen original stories set in some of the last true wildernesses in the world, from the Arctic to the Amazon.

Weaving established mythology with original storytelling, these epic earth tales tell of courage, friendship and persistence, and explore our finely balanced relationship with Planet Earth.

This vibrantly illustrated series promises to spark imagination and wonder. Issues such as climate change, degradation of the Great Barrier Reef, destruction of forests and grasslands are all explored. The pristine beauty of all these settings is beautifully evoked. There are other important messages too, such as persistence and team work as animals work together to overcome the problem or threat. Friendship, cooperation, family and relationships all play their part too.

This is a great series to dip into and read the individual stories, use as a read-aloud or to be used as a discussion starter on the important messages it contains.

Enjoy reading Once Upon Two Suns in our Reading Room series.

Once amidst three seas, on land shaped by a broad crater, there stood a forest. Above the forest hung two suns. Their fierce, unrelenting rays shone across the land, tormenting all those that lived in the forest below.

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Enjoy reading Once Upon a Salt Lake in our Reading Room series.

It was dark inside the Monster’s body. And very quiet. All that could be heard was a gentle swish, swish, swish. The sound of water lapping against the beast’s sturdy ribs.

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Enjoy reading Once Beyond the North Wind in our Reading Room series.

Close your eyes and breathe. Imagine the air enters your body a cool drink and comes out a new born snowflake.

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Afrikaans coming soon

Enjoy reading Once Upon a Mountain in our Reading Room series.

Once upon a place where now stand the tallest peaks in the world, there swirled a boundless ocean. Its waters ruled over everything. The ocean’s tides governed time.

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Enjoy reading Once Upon a Forest in our Reading Room series.

Welcome to a forest unlike any other. One that spans miles and creates its own weather. Since its origins, this forest has lured many visitors in search of wonder, sustenance and adventure.

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Afrikaans coming soon

Enjoy reading Once Upon a Paradise in our Reading Room series.

Long ago, before there were plants or animals, before there was ocean or land, there was one thing: Darkness. Darkness was rambling, it was consuming, and it was quiet. Darkness permitted nothing.

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Imagine an enormous open space, serene in sound a neutral in colour. Once an expansive forest, time has transformed it into an uninterrupted grassland. This is the savannah.

English version
Afrikaans coming soon

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