The Art of Storytelling



Tullula is a majestic bird born into royalty – the ndunas of the herd.

Being a nduna means having to guard the skies at night (although it’s not entirely clear what the ndunas are guarding against). Tullula longs for something different, so she sneaks off during the day (while the rest of the ndunas are sleeping) to explore what life is like living in sunlight.

Includes a bonus CD featuring the Tullula song and a reading of the story by the author.

Tullula Collectors Edition

Hand-Embroidered Illustrations

The beautiful hand-embroidered illustrations in this edition are the work of Simon Mahlo who is based in rural Limpopo – where he collaborates with women in his community to produce the embroidery. Read more...

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Tullula Limited Edition

Hand-Embroidered Cover

This limited edition of Tullula has an hand-embroidered cover with printed illustrations on the pages.

This special edition has a limited number of copies available.

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Tullula Audio

Recording of the story by the author and fun sing-alongs.

Available on all digital platforms


"Yellow Hat Publishers was conceived out of the need to tell our story as Africans, to bring to the fore the rich culture we have been blessed with, and to preserve it for future generations."

Abena-Saah Mophatlane

Abena-Saah Mophatlane was born in Ghana to a South African mother and a Ghanaian father; Hers is a truly African heritage, her exposure to different cultures and ethnicities gives her an advantage in identifying talent with a widespread appeal. One such identification led to the creation of Tullula. She first came across Simon Mahlo’s hand-embroidered work through a cushion that was sold to her. She was immediately impressed with the quality of work and felt she needed to meet the artist behind it. Therein started the relationship with Simon Mahlo. After meeting with him she had the idea to do a children’s book with hand-embroidered illustrations, and so Tullula was born.


Refiloe Moahloli

Refiloe Moahloli

Refiloe Moahloli is originally from Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. A commerce graduate who spent the early part of her career navigating the dynamic corporate world, she decided to pursue her passion for writing after an eye-opening assignment to Mumbai, India. She is the bestselling author of How Many Ways Can You Say Hello?, published in 2017 by Penguin Random House. As an aunt to many nieces and nephews who consider her ‘one of them’, they inspire a multitude of stories that are constantly swimming in her head, waiting to be penned and made alive.

Simon Mahlo

Simon Mahlo

Simon Mahlo grew up in Morapalala, Limpopo, South Africa. When he was younger he would get into trouble with his teachers for drawing on almost anything he could find. His love for drawing never wavered – he now has his own company Mahlo Arts and Design, where he collaborates with women in rural Limpopo to create hand-embroidered, home-decor products. Hand-embroidery is a skill that has been passed down through generations in his family. Tullula the Bird, Nduna of the Herd is his debut children’s book.

Ladies with Tullula
Close-up Embroidering
Embroidered Cushion


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