25 FAMOUS AFRICAN FOLKTALES
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25 Famous African Folktales
Copyright © 2020 by Mauritz Mostert
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(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
THE GREAT ANIMAL BATTLE
HOW THE ZEBRA GOT HIS STRIPES
HOW GIRAFFE STRETCHED HIS NECK
THE CHIEF, THE SUITOR AND THE KENGE
THE SAN AND THE GREAT STORM
HOW ELEPHANT AND WARTHOG GOT THEIR TUSKS
BLINDMAN AND HUNCHBACK
SNAKE AND THE YOUNG MAN
HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS SPOTS
THE CARPENTER AND THE LEGUAAN
HOW MANTIS GAVE THE BUSHMAN FIRE
THE DAMSEL AND THE DRAGONFLY
JACKAL, LION AND THE FALLING ROCKS
THE CHIEF WHO WAS NO FOOL
THE MOUSE AND THE LION
WHY CHEETAH’S CHEEKS ARE STAINED
HYENA, LION AND SQUIRREL
THE KIND-HEARTED HUNTER
HOW HIPPO LOST HIS HAIR
MONKEY’S FIDDLE AND BOW
THE MOUTHFUL OF MIRACLES
WHY WARTHOG WALKS ON HIS KNEES
JABU AND THE LION
HOW CHEETAH BECAME SO FAST
LEOPARD, RAM AND JACKAL
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