This exciting collection of traditional African folk tales introduces you to a host of interesting people and unusual animals. Eighteen authentic fables, recorded as they were told by tribal members of Nigerian and other cultures, range from the imaginative "Story of a Farmer and Four Hyenas" to an entertaining account of "The Man with Seven Dogs."
In "The Magic Crocodile," you'll meet a reptile with very strange powers, while "The Boy in the Drum" teaches a valuable lesson in the importance of obeying one's parents. In "The Hare and the Crownbird," a fine, feathered friend is rewarded for its acts of kindness. You'll also learn why a ram has a large head and a tortoise a small one in "The Greedy but Cunning Tortoise"; and in "A She-Goat and Her Children," you'll discover how a clever animal managed to provide food for her children.
Set in large, easy-to-read type and enhanced with Yuko Green's 19 lively illustrations, this collection of time-honored folk tales will delight readers of all ages.
Table of ContentsThe Tortoise and the Leopard
The Story of a Farmer and Four Hyenas
The Greedy but Cunning Tortoise
A She-goat and her Children
The Boy in the Drum
The Man with Seven Dogs
The Story of Muhammadu
"A Hunter, when the World began"
"Koba, the Hunter who stopped Hunting"
A Rich Man and his Goat
The Story of Mullum the Soldier
A Good Fortune in Camels
The Fisherman and the Ring
The Magic Crocodile
The Contest between Fire and Rain
The Hare and the Crownbird
The Medicine for Getting a Son
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African Folk Tales based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
African Folk Tales is a collection of 18 West African fables. This book is like unsalted food. There's something there, but it needs just a touch more to be good. The book is part of the Dover Thrift series, so I don't expect a full dissertation on each fable. Still, I'm left unsatisfied, and with a vague feeling that there is something missing, after reading this book.