Sam The Toad in the Hole by Linda (Lulu) Fellowes


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This is the story of the endangered Western Leopard Toad and a little wetland. Once an important breeding ground, this humble Cape wetland was filledin in the 1960s, a disaster for toads and other wildlife. In 2012, a local environmentalist, Wally, was spurred on by Sam, the toad who shared his garden, to save the wetland.

Linda, a lover of all creatures great and small, was commissioned by the Sunday Times / Nal‘ibali literacy drive to write a story about the critically endangered Western Leopard Toad. It was launched at the Franschhoek Literary Festival and distributed to primary schools all over South Africa. This book tackles the impact development has on wetlands and how caring and determination can help to save a species.


Soft cover, 24 pages

Published: (August 2013)

Book Measures: 25 x 21cm

Age Range: 3 – 7 years


“This delightful book with its wonderful rhymes and pictures is a celebration of our Western Cape fauna and the good that determined people can do.” Vivien Horler, Assistant Editor, Cape Argus 

“How I love a story with a happy ending, especially one involving animals. This is just such a story and one which shows the importance of getting stuck in and making a difference instead of complaining or hoping someone else will do it. Go Wally!” Lesley Byram, Cape Times

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Weight 1.0 kg
Dimensions 25 × 21 cm
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Seven unforgettable tales about love, understanding and conservation. Conservation of endangered species has never been more pressingIn these delightful tales with a strong message, children learn about precious creatures under threat and what makes them special. Each of us, no matter how small, can make a big difference. Join us for these wonderful adventures under African skies.

About the Author:

Linda Fellowes is a storyteller based in Cape Town, with a heart for animals and wanted to write books for a younger audience so that they could understand what was happening to animals. She has tackled the penguins that were hurt in the oil spill, sharks, a crazy baboon named Eric, and her latest offering is Ithemba (meaning hope) the Rhino, to tell about the plight of the rhinoceros that are currently being hunted so viciously in our country. She loves living by the sea. “I love writing books for this age group [between three and seven tears old] because you get to educate both the parent and the child in one go,” Fellowes said.  “Children are sponges at this age and it is wonderful to be able to instil in them a love of conservation and wildlife.”