Slowly, slowly, you catch a monkey ...Bongani wants to go to school but he is too young. To prove to his family that he is big and strong just like his cousins, he tries to catch a monkey. Slowly, slowly, he must go. Luckily his family is there is to school him in the lessons of patience and compassion. Adapted as a South African story, this variation of 'Softly, softly, catchee monkey' was originally an Ashanti (Ghana) proverb quoted by Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Founder of the Boy Scouts.
Zimbabwean born Tina Marie combines her passion for storytelling, different cultures and wildlife with her love for Africa and the wilder places of the world. My Brother-But-One first published in 2013 by Mira, Harlequin, and was nominated for a Queensland Literary People's Choice Award in 2014. Shooting Butterflies was published in 2014, and Tears Of The Cheetah, 2015. Slowly! Slowly! is the companion book to her Mira, Harlequin December 2017 release, Child Of Africa. Tina Marie also runs the CYA Conference in Brisbane, helping others on their journey towards publication.