Zebra Stripes




Author & Illustrator

Mauritz Mostert





How The Zebra Got His Stripes

Copyright © 2017 by Mauritz Mostert

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Edited by Cari Mostert


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ISBN: 9781537844671

(An excerpt from the book)

How the Zebra Got His Stripes

Long, long ago, somewhere in Africa, when all the people and animals were new… There was a great drought, the sun was hot and the water had dried from all but the deepest pans and waterholes.

Deep in the Green Desert, at one of the biggest fountain pools, was a very large irritable baboon and self-proclaimed king of the desert and its water. This baboon, had decided to keep the great big fountain water all to himself.

“I am Baboon king, owner of this water,” he would declare, chasing off everyone who came that way, begging for a drink.

(An excerpt from the book) 

The Green Desert

As is the way of the Green Desert, nights were very cold, so the baboon made a big fire to keep himself warm. To never feel chilled, he kept this fire burning day and night.

Time passed, with many animals wandering to this water, pleading with the baboon for a drink, but to no avail, he chased them viciously away. All around the Green Desert grew dusty and dry as the drought lengthened. Many animals made their way to these big sweet waters, only to be frightened away by this fire-throwing, self-proclaimed king of the water. But unbeknown to Baboon, there was one coming who did not appreciate being chased off by anyone. This was the white one called Zebra, who was well known for his courage.

(An excerpt from the book)

Zebra Meets Giraffe

One of the animals Zebra met at the very beginning of his long journey was Giraffe. To his amazement, he had never seen such a tall animal!

“Eish” he exclaimed, first seeing Giraffe’s huge feet, looking up, up, up, he met Giraffe’s friendly brown eyes looking down at him.

“How did you get so tall and by what name do they call you?” Zebra was trying to be polite by not asking too many questions. Although, still endeavoring to remain courteous, he could not resist looking up once again at Giraffe’s towering height.

“My name is Giraffe and my story I will tell you one day. Right now, I am on a long journey to the acacia tree country and I am very thirsty, in need of much water,”

“Is there no water where you have come from then?”

(An excerpt from the book) 

Zebra Meets Eagle

As Zebra was wandering down the pathway again, he came across the strangest animal, who was sitting on a large stump at the side of the pathway.

“Hello, what is your name and where are your front legs?”

“I am Eagle, who flies the skies and these are my wings, which are my arms,” said Eagle proudly stretching out his huge wings. “And your name sir?” enquired he.

‘They call me Zebra and I am on my way to the great, green, grassy plains.”

(An excerpt from the book) 

Zebra Meets Warthog

Further on, while ambling down the road, deep in thought, Zebra was suddenly brought up short by a snuffling, snorting kind of sound. And there, right in front of him was the strangest sight of an animal’s rump protruding from the ground. All of a sudden, with dirt and debris flying out into the air, there emerged a very strange looking creature, in Zebra’s opinion, anyway.

Warthog on exiting his hole in the ground caught a glimpse of something bright and on looking up was surprised to see this animal with its dazzling white coat looking down at him…


And the story goes on…

…until Zebra gets his stripes.


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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