Elwyn Jenkins's three previous books about South African children's literature in English have established him as an authority in the field. Seedlings is a collection of his essays from journals and magazines on South African topics not covered in his books and includes a new study of children's verse of the first half of the twentieth century. Chapters include entertaining, broad-ranging discussions of familiar and obscure books and writers both past and present, placing them in national and international context. His historical studies provide new insights into the cultural history of English-speaking white South Africans. Two innovative chapters examine published collections of writing by young people from the apartheid era through to the present, ending with the testimonies of young refugees. He concludes with two chapters on researching South African children's literature
Elwyn Jenkins is a retired Pretoria professor who specialises in South African children's literature and has served on official SA place naming bodies. His three previous books about South African children's literature in English have established him as an authority in the field.
Sharing our stories: South African children's literature in English; reading outside the lines: peritext and authenticity in South African English children's books; San tales - again; lessons from the honey-guide; Charles Rawden Maclean, Baden-Powell, and Dinuzulu's beads; two English writers in South Africa - J.R.R. Tolkien and Rudyard Kipling; the Chronicles of Peach Grove Farm - an early South African children's book by Nellie Fincher; Is Pauline Smith's Platkops Children a children's book?; the fall from grace of Kingsley Fairbridge; cigarette card albums and patriotism; Cecil Shirley, author and illustrator of Little Veld Folk; "Some far siding" - South African English children's verse in the first half of the twentieth century; cross-cultural misreadings - MacCann and Maddy's; apartheid and racism revisited; memories of social transition in Southern Africa - Unity Dow and Kagiso Lesego Molope; visual design in collections of writing in English by South African children; refugee stories - the Suitcase Stories and I am an African; sources for research in South African children's literature in English; a survey of research in South African children's literature.