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Tontata the Rhino and the Great Rhino Olympics is the new kids' books from indie publisher, Blank screen Publishing
By: Blank screen
A slightly different rhino. In fact, he's a rhino with issues. And whilst there's a bigger epidemic surrounding rhinoceroses in the modern world and their plight for survival, Tontata has a little self-esteem problem. Every time he goes for a drink at his nearby water hole, he sees a reflection of a cute and cuddly little pygmy rhino staring back at him, not the strong and powerful rhino, with ultra thick skin, that he really is. And because of this, his dreams of participating in the Great Rhino Olympics are just that - dreams. He must learn the The Way of the Rhino to discover what he truly is and whether he can ever discover the path to better confidence and self-esteem.
"My idea was to write a story that could teach children the importance of taking control of their lives and overcoming challenges through a strong self-belief and focused, dedicated training," says Errol Seaman.
Errol is a teacher, coach, author, motivational speaker and life-skills trainer to both adults and young people. As a former professional basketball player, Errol is passionate about helping young people to find their inner strength, purpose in life and to develop the skills for life long success. He currently resides in London.
"It is essential that one is thick skinned and resilient when pursuing our dreams because the road [to success] is never completely smooth," continues Errol. "I loved the analogy of a rhino having 'thick skin' to help it deal with its environment. I then had the thought that, 'If a rhino lost its thick skin, how would it affect its confidence? How would it affect its ability to deal with the challenges it may face', and the story developed from there."
With rhinos facing extinction across Africa and Asia, it's a critical period for the rhino generally, and this book brings the rhino to the forefront through a fun and playful manner, especially with its excellent illustrations from Sam Madeley, an artist from Wales.
"Since 2008 the number of rhinos killed by poachers has increased by around 50% year on year," says Simon Jones, director of Helping Rhinos, a UK based charitable organisation dedicated to preventing the rhinoceros from becoming extinct "If this trend continues, an animal which has walked on this planet for 50 million years will become extinct within the next 15 years."
The Tontata the Rhino book is supported by Helping Rhinos and Children for Africa. £1 of each book sold goes to Helping Rhinos.
The book is RRP at £5.99 and available to buy from Amazon, Waterstones or Foyles.
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