HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS SPOTS
Author & Illustrator
How The Leopard Got His Spots
Copyright © 2017 by Mauritz Mostert
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Edited by Cari Mostert
(Excerpts 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.
This tale is of course, about Leopard and his spots…
Leopard Gets His Spots
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?”
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…
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… That was nothing. Wait till I find him this time!”
In his frantic searching, Hyena stumbled into Lion…
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…”
The story goes on and for more…
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