Makanaka's World is a children's book series designed to teach your child about the globe, other cultures and languages in a fun and engaging way.


The Book- Adventure in Morocco

Oh, my noodles! Makanaka just got a message from her friend, Nadia, inviting her for a visit—in Morocco! Fari and Makanaka quickly take off for Casablanca. When they arrive, they discover that Nadia has a problem. Someone has taken her team's soccer  ball! Can Makanaka and Fari help Nadia’s team solve this mystery?

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The Story Behind The Story

“My writing was inspired by my daughter Jillian Makanaka of which the series is named after. I was initially trying to create simple stories to help her learn my native language Shona, spoken in Zimbabwe.
Now my goal with this series is to allow kids to go on adventures with Makanaka, learn some geography along the way and a thing or two about other cultures. After all we live in a global world and what better time than at this age for kids to embrace that concept and what it truly means to be a global citizen.”

– Christine Mapondera-Talley




The Team

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Christine Mapondera-Talley


Author/ Creator

Born and raised in Zimbabwe. Current hometown, Chicago, USA

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Van Zandt


As the first person in her family born in the US, Christine grew up in northern California and Oahu. She currently resides in Los Angeles.


Ozan Tortop

Graphic Designer/ Art Director

Born and raised in Turkey. Current hometown, Brisbane, Australia.


Anil Tortop



Born and raised in Turkey. Current hometown, Brisbane, Australia.