The Blacksmith and the Dragonfly

Prince Siyabulela and Prince Zanemvula are brothers in the royal house. Siyabulela, the first-born son, refuses to join the royal guard, choosing instead to spend his time making beautiful clothes with his mother.


Ndiliswa dreams of becoming a warrior and the commander of the king’s army. But she is the daughter of a poor blacksmith, who makes spears just to get by. Prince Siyabulela has never been a soldier like his younger brother and his father fears that he won’t be a good king. When Siyabulela is transformed into a dragonfly by a wicked spell, it is up to Ndiliswa to defeat their enemies to save the prince.

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Riana Louw and Charles Siboto




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EB IBBY SA Picture Book Writer Award 2019


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