Immerse into Rafu´s world
awake respect and tolerance
feel hope for peace
Idea and text: Verena Prym
Illustrations: Paulina Böger
Author Verena Prym and illustrator Paulina Böger have been inseparable from the very first second. They both share a zest for life, curiosity and creativity but express themselves in different ways: Paulina creates films, draws and illustrates while Verena develops and writes stories.
When Verena returned from her stays in South Africa and Malawi with a story about an unusual giraffe, they both asked: Why don´t we build a world of its own around this special giraffe? Said and done!
They are now creating inspiring children´s books that spend hope and stimulate creative imagination. Furthermore they would like to address adults, who feel young enough to dream of distant worlds and wild animals together with their children or grandchildren.
Verena and Paulina believe in the power of books for a healthy development of children and encourage reading with and to children. The books are recommended for children from the age of six.
They also offer beautiful T- Shirts, Gymsacks and soon lucky charms sending Rafu´s message to the world.
With our RAFU books and Rafu´s world we would like to convey values like tolerance and respect. We build on friendship and courageous action.
An African Story
“Rafu — An African Story” is set in the bushland of Africa, the sunny continent of wild animals and the cradle of humankind. Thousands of years ago the first bushmen captured their stories in cave drawings, some of which can still be admired today in museums and nature. The story about Rafu, the extraordinary giraffe, is based upon these magical drawings. Rafu manages to reveal an important secret about one of them and thus becomes an ambassador for peace.
“Rafu” won the silver medal in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2020 in the Picture Books 6 & Older category and received an Honourable Mention for Best Illustrations.
A New Friendship
In “Rafu – A New Friendship” he goes on another thrilling adventure, this time with his new friends, the elephants.
Life at the river Salim has been calm and happy ever since Rafu convinced Gutsor the greedy crocodile to live in peace with the other animals. But the elephants, living deep in the bush, are unaware of this. So, when little Remo goes missing from their herd, they fear the worst and set off for the river to find him…
Is peace at the river going to last?
Verena Prym and Paulina Böger are a mother and daughter team who have been inseparable from the very first second. They both share a zest for life, curiosity and creativity but express themselves in different ways: Paulina creates films, draws and illustrates while Verena develops and writes stories.
They are very happy and grateful to be able to work side by side. Together they have created the colourful and imaginative world of Rafu.
Verena was born 1972 in Arnsberg, Germany. After living in South Afrika, America, Austria and Munich she is now located in the medieval city of Soest, Westphalia. The children´s books writer is happy to live in Soest and its rural sourroundings, which made it possible for Verena to pick up horse riding again, once the hobby of her childhood.
In her youth Verena was attracted by the distance, adventurously she was even back then. She discovered her love for Africa, when she went to Johannesburg at the age of seventeen. Since then the author feels connected to the continent.
Paulina Böger was born 1998 in Koblenz, Germany. She went to school in Vienna and Munich and is currently studying in Regensburg. In her free time she likes swimming and training, but mostly she loves to immerse into creative worlds. When Verena asked her, if she wanted to illustrate a book about an extraordinary giraffe named Rafu, Paulina didn´t hesitate one second. With great joy and attention to detail she grasped the colours of Africa and water coloured the books about Rafu.