Vumile and the Dragon by Claerwen Howie - illustrated by Lisa Strachan and Meg Jordi

Will Morris, Granny Ada’s black cat, show Katie something magical?

When Joe and Katie arrive to stay on their granny’s farm during the September holidays something unexpected happens. Katie follows Morris and discovers a baby dragon. Or does she?


INCLUDES 'FIND ME!' A complete list of plants and animals with thumbnail images!


Vumile and the Dragon is ideal for pre-teens, mums, dads, gogos and oupas.


RRP R149.00 incl. VAT

Price includes postage within South Africa only.    



 Standard - R 135.00




Finally, after a long drought, here is an intelligent book aimed at young South Africans in the eight-to-12 age group.

Vumile and the Dragon is well written and enhanced by exquisite artwork in colour by botanical illustrator Lisa Strachan and halftones by Meg Jordi.

Pat Schwartz – Mail & Guardian March 28 – April 4 2013


Beyond being a story about how a serendipitous find leads three children to exciting discoveries, Vumile and the Dragon also tells us about myth and belief, overcoming fear and provides accurate information about a dwarf chameleon rarely seen in our gardens today.

Superbly illustrated with Lisa Strachan’s detailed and vibrant colour plates, the text is further enhanced by Meg Jordi’s whimsical line and tone illustrations.


Vumile and the Dragon is a must for readers and listeners young and old.


Advance comments:

An exciting combination of entertainment and science that is easy to read and beautiful to look at.

about the author - Claerwen Howie - illustrated by Lisa Strachan and Meg Jordi

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CLAERWEN HOWIE spent many years as a student and lecturer at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. She is concerned about the need to conserve our country’s glorious biodiversity. Vumile and the Dragon is Claerwen’s first book for children. About the illustrators: LISA STRACHAN is an accomplished botanical illustrator who works closely with various botanists at Kirstenbosch Gardens on a freelance basis. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections worldwide. This is her first children’s book. MEG JORDI is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and water-colourist who studied at The College of Art in Johannesburg. She undertakes commissioned work for educational publishers, NGOs, environmental organisations, magazines and children’s books.