Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia

Why Leopard Has Spots: Dan Stories from Liberia

by Won-Ldy Paye, Ashley Bryan
     
 

Discover why Leopard has spots, and what happens when Mrs. Chicken meets a hungry crocodile. These and other Dan tales are engagingly retold with dramatic black-and-white linoleum prints.

Overview

Discover why Leopard has spots, and what happens when Mrs. Chicken meets a hungry crocodile. These and other Dan tales are engagingly retold with dramatic black-and-white linoleum prints.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
These six delightful stories from the Dan ethnic group that live in northeastern Liberia have universal appeal. While all the stories are entertaining, some also provide morals. There are "spider" tales that can be compared with the Anansi trickster tales of the Ashanti people. "The Hunger Season" provides insight into the close relationship between the people and the weather. The storyteller's voice is apparent in the retellings. They are perfect to read aloud. In addition to the stories, there is a map to locate the Dan homeland, notes on the stories, and brief biographies of the authors and illustrators. The glossary adds depth and understanding to the tales, and the bibliography leads the reader to more information about the country and the arts. A valuable addition to African studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555919917
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
03/09/1999
Edition description:
1ST FULCRU
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret H. Lippert grew up among storytellers. She worked for a year in Tanzania and a year in Guatemala, where she learned many more stories. Why Leopard Has Spots is her nineteenth book. Meg has traveled all over the world sharing her stories and offering workshops for teachers. Won-Ldy Paye is a member of the Dan ethnic group from Tapita, in the northeastern region of Liberia. He was trained by his grandmother to remember and retell the stories of the Dan people. Currently living in Seattle, he teaches Liberian arts in schools and colleges and performs at festivals. Ashley Bryan was born in Harlem and grew up in the Bronx. He was educated at the Cooper Union Art School and Columbia University, and went to Europe on a Fulbright scholarship to study art.

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