Leopard Spots




Author & Illustrator

Mauritz Mostert





How The Leopard Got His Spots

Copyright © 2017 by Mauritz Mostert

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Edited by Cari Mostert


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ISBN: 9781537842806

(An excerpt from the book)

How The Leopard Got His Spots

Long, long ago, somewhere in Africa, when all the people and animals were new… Leopard, Lion and Hyena were the same colour as Lion is today. Then one day, Leopard and Hyena became spotted, but for different reasons.

This tale is of course, about Leopard and his spots, although the spots of Hyena can not be ignored, because of the way Hyena became spotted has much to do about Leopard. Lion, as you will see, is another story.

(An excerpt from the book) 

Leopard Gets His Spots

You see, many hours had come and gone, with poor Tortoise struggling in vain to free himself from the fork in the tree where Hyena had stuck him. It was then by chance, Leopard went out looking for food and in his looking, he passed by the tree in which Tortoise was stuck. Leopard seeing Tortoise up in the tree was most surprised.

“Tortoise, I did not know you also climb trees?”

(An excerpt from the book)

The Hoeing People

Leopard had become a truly eye-catching animal to see, especially when seen for the first time. So one day, Leopard remembered he had not shown himself to the folk round about. Consequently, down the pathway he went on to the nearby village, where the people knew him well. These people had seen him pass by many times before, while working their vegetable fields. And on this occasion, they were peacefully hoeing when he passed them by. He nearly jumped out of his newly painted skin, when they cried out with one voice.

(An excerpt from the book)

Hyena’s Search For Tortoise

This was not what Hyena had expected, disappearing into the bush loudly proclaiming to anyone who would listen.

“I will smash Tortoise today wherever I find that little beast. Before I had only stuck him up in a tree-fork. That was nothing. Wait till I find him this time!”

In his frantic searching, Hyena stumbled into Lion and nearly came a cropper with a powerful right paw.

(An excerpt from the book)

Lion Consults Leopard

Instead of finding a plain coloured Leopard as he expected, he found that spotted cat in Leopard’s tree, at which Lion became even more puzzled.

“Who are you and what are you doing in Leopard’s tree?”


And the story goes on…

Do Leopard and Lion make peace with one another…?


Original stories never before told

Thanks to Mauritz, we now have the full stories as they should have been written. Here are tales tested over time, to be told around the camp fire or as a warm and cozy bedtime story. These are 12 African Folk adventures, in a style reminiscent of the old speech of traditional folktales.


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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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