The Orphan Girl and Other Stories: West African Folk Tales

The Orphan Girl and Other Stories: West African Folk Tales

by Buchi Offodile
     
 
To compile these tales, Kent State professor and storytellerBuchi Offodileboth drew from his own childhood experiences growing up in West Africa and searched villages for elders who remembered the old stories. These forty-one tales are culled from a lifetime of listening, reading, and researching. The Orphan Girlincludes a fascinating introduction exploring the roots

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To compile these tales, Kent State professor and storytellerBuchi Offodileboth drew from his own childhood experiences growing up in West Africa and searched villages for elders who remembered the old stories. These forty-one tales are culled from a lifetime of listening, reading, and researching. The Orphan Girlincludes a fascinating introduction exploring the roots of the storytelling tradition in the history and culture of West Africa. History's boundaries divide this book by nation, from Mauritania into the continent's interior, to the hinterlands of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, and down the Atlantic coast as far as Cameroon. Each country is represented by several stories, a map and brief information.

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Library Journal
Kent State professor and storyteller Offodile gathered these folktales, some familiar and some new, from Nigeria (his homeland) and other West African countries. His goal was to collect the stories of the elders before they were completely forgotten. Offodile introduces the collection with a brief discussion of the varied cultures of the region and the function of both story and teller in these societies. The tales are then arranged by country in alphabetical order, each section beginning with a map showing the country's continental location and a page of basic information on its geography and society. There are far more stories from Offodile's native Nigeria than from anywhere else, but the entire region is represented. A glossary and an index of stories by subject is included. Recommended as a solid edition of folktale collections for public and academic libraries, this is also appropriate for middle and high school libraries. Katherine Kaigler-Koenig, Ellis Sch., Pittsburgh Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
In this collection of 41 stories from West Africa, each country is presented by several stories, a map, and country statistics on size, population, ethnic groups, and languages. An introduction explores the roots of the storytelling tradition in the history and culture of West Africa. To compile these tales, Offodile, a professor at Kent State University, drew from his own childhood experiences growing up in West Africa and interviewed village elders who remembered old stories. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566563758
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/28/2016
Series:
International Folk Tales Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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