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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
The book begins with a general introduction, page of facts, and large map of Africa. Eight countries from different regions also have general introductions and a page of facts before a tale is told. The introductions are written by Kimberly Duncan-Mooney. Using great imagination, stories tell of cures, comfort, moral guidance, and wisdom. Each tale ends with: "Here I rest my story." In Swaziland a great hunter wounds an impala. When he searches for it, an old man leads him into a strange village beneath the roots of a baobab tree. He learns that their prince, who had turned himself into an impala, has been wounded. The villagers are often saddened when one of them is killed in animal form by a great hunter. The hunter is remorseful and never hunts again. Colorful stitched figures of people, animals, and artifacts are used for borders and pages of illustration. A bibliography is included. Although the text appears on various colored pages which may be hard on the eyes, this is a fun introduction to Africa. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Each of these eight tales is preceded by information and interesting facts about the country from which it originated. A basic map of Africa helps orient readers to the location of the various countries represented. Extensive source notes are appended. While the first folktale is one of the blandest of the bunch, there are many choices that could be read aloud or told using a call-and-response format. The book design, from the page borders to the endpapers, is a feast for the eyes. Griffin employs a collage technique using colored beads, sewn fabric, and textured papers, and incorporates them into shapes and faces of animals and humans. However, several sections of text superimposed upon darker fabric are difficult to read. Overall, this compilation contains a wealth of information and will enhance folklore collections.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846861185
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 817,185
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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