West African Folk Tales

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Folk tales around the world, observes the author, often contain similar narratives, providing, perhaps, yet another example of the universal brotherhood of man. This volume of West African folk tales includes a number of such tales, among them, "The Cricket and the Toad," "The Greedy Hare," "The Tortoise and His Broken Shell," "The Story of a Farmer and Four Hyenas," "The Man with Seven Dogs," and "The Boy in the Drum." Animals, both natural and magical, play large roles in these stories. Collected by the author...
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Folk tales around the world, observes the author, often contain similar narratives, providing, perhaps, yet another example of the universal brotherhood of man. This volume of West African folk tales includes a number of such tales, among them, "The Cricket and the Toad," "The Greedy Hare," "The Tortoise and His Broken Shell," "The Story of a Farmer and Four Hyenas," "The Man with Seven Dogs," and "The Boy in the Drum." Animals, both natural and magical, play large roles in these stories. Collected by the author over the years from West Africans of all ages, these charming tales will not only delight folklore enthusiasts but will also appeal to anyone fascinated by African cultures. Parents and teachers in search of cross-cultural material for children will also find this volume a wonderful resource.

Presents twenty-one traditional tales from West Africa, including "The Greedy but Cunning Tortoise," "The Boy in the Drum," and "The Magic Cooking Pot."

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Compiled from school children in West Africa, these tales resemble folklore from a variety of countries, suggesting the universality of the world's cultures. "The Rivalry for the Lizard King's Daughters" is closely related to the plot of the European fairy tale, "Rumpelstiltskin." In Jackson's version of the tale, the lizard king has two beautiful daughters whom he will only marry off to any member of the kingdom who can find out their names. A clever monkey tricks the daughters into revealing their names, yet when he appears before the king to claim the daughters, the monkey also becomes the victim of clever trickery. The monkey later seeks revenge, and because of the selfish intentions of the monkey and his rivals, no one is allowed to marry the king's daughters. Not only do the tales instill the important moral lesson that doing right will be rewarded while lying, trickery, and stealing will be punished, but they also provide an excellent classroom source for engaging children in discussion regarding the differences and similarities between cultures. 2003, Dover Publications, Ages 8 to 12.
—Christi Conti
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486427645
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 4/23/2003
  • Series: African American Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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