Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

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"Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is a cause for celebration, a landmark work that gathers in one volume many of Africa's most cherished folktales. Mandela, a Nobel Laureate for Peace, has selected these thirty-two tales with the specific hope that Africa's oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, be perpetuated by future generations and be appreciated by children throughout the world." "In these "beloved stories," we meet, among many others, a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads, and a trickster from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena and learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Several creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can - and often does - win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are "universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical.""--BOOK JACKET.
A collection of traditional stories from different parts of Africa, featuring varied characters and themes--some familiar, some newer.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2002
ISBN: 9780393052121
Characteristics: 143 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Mandela, Nelson 1918-2013
Alternative Title: Favorite African folktales

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