Joseph's Cradle

By Jude Daly

A moving and warm-hearted celebration of community and creativity, inspired by a true story.

Everyone loves the big tree that stands at the heart of the village - especially Joseph. So when, one stormy night, the tree is blown down, Joseph carves a beautiful cradle from the trunk - for his new baby, Sisi, and for every baby born in the village from that day on.

But when at last it is time for Sisi's own grandchild to be rocked in the cradle, a terrible fire strikes the village and the cradle disappears. Is Joseph's cradle lost forever?




Age 5+

Mar 7, 2019





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"A lovely story enhanced by simple and colourful illustrations. It is about family, community, sharing, caring and creating your own traditions, firmly based in warm fellow feeling."



"This gentle, charming book, set in South Africa, is a lovely evocation of life in a small village and the importance of traditions.he illustrations are delicate and detailed, with tiny glimpses of the insides of the thatched homes and depictions of animals and people. There’s much to talk about here, and the vivid picture of a culture so different from our own is a treat in itself."

Books for Keeps 5 star review


"This is the most wonderful story of family, generations, growth and the power and security of traditions."


Jude Daly

Author and Illustrator

Jude Daly has illustrated over 20 books, a few of which she also wrote. She has been awarded the Katrine Harries Award (SA) for Illustration twice, a silver and a gold Parent’s Choice Award (USA) and more recently Thank You Jackson, written by Niki Daly (Frances Lincoln) was named by IBBY (US) as one of their outstanding international books for 2016. Born in London, Jude Daly now lives with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, in the coastal village of Kleinmond, South Africa


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