Aug 122020
 

25 FAMOUS AFRICAN FOLKTALES

 

Author & Illustrator

Mauritz Mostert

 

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25 Famous African Folktales

Copyright © 2020 by Mauritz Mostert

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means – electronic, mechanical, photographic (photocopying), recording, or otherwise – without prior permission in writing from the author.

Edited by

Cari Mostert

Published by

WILDMOZ

ISBN: 9781393439233

 

 
(About the book) 

25 Famous African Folktales

Long, long ago, somewhere in Africa, when all the people and animals were new…

Characteristically, in this 284 page book and without exception, all the stories start with this same introductory line. As it does in all our smaller, individual books, so we keep with tradition. Therefore, to avoid boredom simply ignore it in this long version, because every chapter starts with this same tagline.

What we have here are stories to communicate with. Actually, these are true classics in their own right, depicted in real classical, old book fashion. Written in an adapted old English style for easier reading, this method of writing never lets you get away from the solid Dickensonian-style atmosphere. With between sixth and seventh-grade readability scores, anyone above the seventh grade will find this an easy read.

For your information, the book does not use the modern English habit of contractions, i.e., don’t, or won’t. Instead, it uses ‘do not,’ or ‘will not’ and this is kept up throughout the book. It is one of the tricks applied to flavour an old English feel, while giving a simple and easy read. A cute and clever ploy for keeping any reader’s mind focused on the ancient world at all times. Back in time, when all these old stories found their beginnings.

You are deliberately taken into the past, to a world without cares, to a time where, whatever may go wrong, is simply fixed in a trice. An era where virtue counts for good and evil is easily dispensed with, by the wave of a hand. Happy stories, each chapter ending with a healthy dose of wise morals.

 

Here are all the chapters as they appear

in sequential order

 

CHAPTER 1.

THE GREAT ANIMAL BATTLE

CHAPTER 2.

HOW THE ZEBRA GOT HIS STRIPES

CHAPTER 3.

HOW GIRAFFE STRETCHED HIS NECK

CHAPTER 4.

THE CHIEF, THE SUITOR AND THE KENGE

CHAPTER 5.

THE SAN AND THE GREAT STORM

CHAPTER 6.

HOW ELEPHANT AND WARTHOG GOT THEIR TUSKS

CHAPTER 7.

BLINDMAN AND HUNCHBACK

CHAPTER 8.

SNAKE AND THE YOUNG MAN

CHAPTER 9.

HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS SPOTS

CHAPTER 10.

THE CARPENTER AND THE LEGUAAN

CHAPTER 11.

HOW MANTIS GAVE THE BUSHMAN FIRE

CHAPTER 12.

THE DAMSEL AND THE DRAGONFLY

CHAPTER 13.

JACKAL, LION AND THE FALLING ROCKS

CHAPTER 14.

THE CHIEF WHO WAS NO FOOL

CHAPTER 15.

THE MOUSE AND THE LION

CHAPTER 16.

WHY CHEETAH’S CHEEKS ARE STAINED

CHAPTER 17.

HYENA, LION AND SQUIRREL

CHAPTER 18.

THE KIND-HEARTED HUNTER

CHAPTER 19.

HOW HIPPO LOST HIS HAIR

CHAPTER 20.

MONKEY’S FIDDLE AND BOW

CHAPTER 21.

THE MOUTHFUL OF MIRACLES

CHAPTER 22.

WHY WARTHOG WALKS ON HIS KNEES

CHAPTER 23.

JABU AND THE LION

CHAPTER 24.

HOW CHEETAH BECAME SO FAST

CHAPTER 25.

LEOPARD, RAM AND JACKAL

THE END

 

And this, is the 25 Famous African Folktale

 

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From Book Reviews:

I have had a fascination for all of Africa since I was a small child. I’ve visited many countries in Africa, and know that mankind began in Africa. I have always been interested in the ancient people and their folktales.

I don’t recall how I came to find Wildmoz, but there is so much to learn and enjoy on Wildmoz. When I came Upon the Folktales Books, they opened up a new understanding of tales which have been told orally since ancient times.

The Trilogy (I do hope there are many more of these books) includes, How the Leopard Got His Spots, How the Zebra Got His Stripes, and Jabu and the Lion.

Each of the stories make you feel as if the author is telling the stories orally. I can imagine, sitting around a campfire on a starry night, listening to an ‘old man’ tell stories he’d heard since his youth. The words flow easily and the first two folktales can easily be understood by even the youngest child. The last book about Jabu is better understood by an older child or an adult.

The personalities of the animal characters in the stories follow the traits of the real animals. Although the stories are folktales, they are true to the individual animal. All tales should have a morality statement, and these stories do not disappoint.

I found, many of the descriptions in the stories, amusing. I so liked the one about the tasamma melons quenching the thirst but leaving a strange feeling on your teeth. It immediately brought to my mind, eating a persimmon.

I would recommend these books for both children and adults.

Bobbi Lippe Mallace USA

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 Posted by on August 12, 2020