African Folktales

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales Cover Image
By Nelson Mandela (Editor)
ISBN: 9780393329902
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 17th, 2007

A cause for celebration, and a landmark work that gathers in one volume many of Africa's most cherished folktales.

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti Cover Image
ISBN: 9780805003116
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Published: Square Fish - March 15th, 1987

Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes.

Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152010102
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 1996

Zomo the rabbit, a trickster from West Africa, wants wisdom. But he must accomplish three apparently impossible tasks before Sky God will give him what he wants. Is he clever enough to do as Sky God asks?

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Cover Image
By Verna Aardema, Leo Dillon (Illustrator), Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140549058
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Published: Puffin Books - August 15th, 1992

"In this Caldecott Medal winner, Mosquito tells a story that causes a jungle disaster. "Elegance has become the Dillons' hallmark. . . . Matching the art is Aardema's uniquely onomatopoeic text . . . An impressive showpiece."
-Booklist, starred review.

Winner of Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977.

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky Cover Image
By Elphinstone Dayrell, Blair Lent (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780395539637
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 1990

Sun and his wife, the moon, lived on Earth and built a large house so that the water people could visit. But so many poured in that they were forced to move to the sky.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140546163
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Published: Puffin Books - May 20th, 1992

A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain. Verna Aardema has brought the original story closer to the English nursery rhyme by putting in a cumulative refrain and giving the tale the rhythm of “The House That Jack Built.”

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters Cover Image
By John Steptoe, John Steptoe (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688040451
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Published: Amistad - December 31st, 2018

A Caldecott Honor and Reading Rainbow book, this memorable retelling of Cinderella is perfect for introducing children to the fairy tale as well as the history, culture, and geography of the African nation of Zimbabwe.

Tales of East Africa: (African Folklore Book for Teens and Adults, Illustrated Stories and Literature from Africa) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452182582
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 10th, 2020

Tales of East Africa is a collection of 22 traditional tales from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Welcome to a world of magical adventure—a place where a boy spares the life of a fearsome monster, a flock of doves brings a girl back from the dead, and a hare wreaks havoc among all the other animals.

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