Tales from Africa, by Azubike Aliche, is a collection of eight folk tales. These stories capture the best in African mythology, philosophy and value system. They are adaptations of folk tales handed down from generations of Africans to entertain and educate the younger generation. Centered on animals, the stories teach about loyalty, valor, obedience, treachery and greed, among other virtues and vices. Since time immemorial, folk tales have been instruments of sociaery and greed, among other virtues and vices. Since time immemorial, folk tales have been instruments of socialization in Africa. They are told as bedtime stories to children over fireplaces in the family hall. The are also told at village squares where children gather during moonlight for assorted entertainment and informal education. But these stories have messages for all kids that cut across geographical, racial and cultural boundaries. Indeed, for African American kids who want to know about Africa and their cultural heritage, these stories should prove invaluable. From the loyal dog to the wily tortoise; from the greedy lion to the fearless antelope and from the obedient only son to the once childless couple, curious and impressionable kids will have a lot in these stories to entertain them and task their imagination. To give them better context, the tales have been fortified with African proverbs and wise sayings.… read more
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Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin's bestselling Dooby Dooby Moo is available for the first time as an individual board book!
Trolls--the most magical creatures with the wildest hair--get ready to sparkle in this colorful storybook featuring glitter pages ...and a glitter poster! read more
The poky little puppy in the Golden Books Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas will impress your little one for sure. It contains a...n interesting story about a little puppy that helps his little animal friend to find his way back to home. read more
Your kids will love to play with the Little Bee Books If You See A Cow Board Book. The book features about domestic animals, and l...ift the flap to find out what sounds they make. read more
Osebo the leopard has a fine drum, a huge drum, a "magnificent" drum. All the animals covet Osebo's drum, but he won't let anyone ...else have it, not even Nyame, the Sky-God. So, Nyame offers a big reward to the animal that brings him the drum. All try - the monkey, the elephant, even the python - and all fail. Can a very small tortoise succeed in outwitting the boastful leopard? Jessica Souhami's vibrant collage illustrations, full of movement and humor, add additional appeal to this delightful story. The short, rhythmic text is perfect for reading aloud. read more
A Children's Africana Book Awards Best Book 2016All kinds of animals are featured in these ten sparkling stories from all over Afr...ica, by an award-winning author and illustrator. Find out what happens to Lion when he challenges Elephant and discovers who is the real king of the savannah; laugh along with Tortoise as he bewitches the animals in Tiger's work-party with his irresistible music; find out why Hippo has no hair, how Elephant got his trunk, and why Cockerel crows. Then read about the woman who had a mouse-child! The stories are drawn from the rich folklore of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and are perfectly matched by Piet Grobler's wonderful illustrations. read more
This lively collection comes from West Africa, a place 'where stories grow on trees'. Here are the famous tricksters: Hare, Tortoi...se, and the greatest of them all - Ananse the spider. The stories are full of larger-than-life characters and situations; and include the tale of how Ananse got his thin waist, how Crocodile learnt his lesson, and how Monkey managed not to get eaten by Shark. read more
The storyteller stands beside the fire, swaying, dancing, miming, singing, reciting. With one hand he shakes a gourd rattle, with ...the other he swings a conga -- a flyswatter made with a buffalo tail on a wooden handle. Anklet bells tinkle as he moves. Three young men beat a wooden drum with sticks. Listening to him is a crowd of men, women, and children. They sing along at a song's refrain, they repeat whole lines of the story when he pauses to see if they're paying attention. They encourage him with little shouts, whoops, claps. Food and drink are passed around. In a mountain rainforest of the Congo, a Nyanga village hears once more the tale of its favorite hero -- Mwindo, the one born walking, the one born talking . . . . For ages 10 and up. Not illustrated! ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is the award-winning author of "The Baker's Dozen," "The Sea King's Daughter," "Lady White Snake," and many more children's books. His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and reader's theater. Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society. Cover artist Xiaojun Li, a native of Inner Mongolia, was an award-winning children's book illustrator and art director in China before moving to the United States. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// SAMPLE She-Mwindo heard the noise. He went to the house of his favorite wife. He saw the boy and was full of rage. "What is this? Did I not say 'no sons'? Did I not say I would kill him?" He threw his spear at the baby. Mwindo waved his conga. The spear fell short and stuck in the floor. Mwindo pulled it up. He broke it in two. She-Mwindo cried out. "Aieeeeeee! What kind of child is this?" Mwindo sang and danced and waved his conga. I am Mwindo, the one born walking, the one born talking. O my father, you do not want me. O my father, you try to kill me. But what can you do against me? read more
Why does Monkey fear Leopard? Why does the Reed Warbler babble? How did Jabulani outwit the Lion? These and other intriguing quest...ions are answered in When Bat was a Bird. Twenty-four fresh and exciting stories feature memorable creatures both real and magical. In his latest collection, author Nick Greaves draws once more from the lore, mythology and history of various southern African tribes to relate a new collection of tales that is bound to become a firm favorite along with the highly successful When Hippo was Hairy, When Lion Could Fly, and When Elephant was King. read more
The stories of twenty of Shakespeare's most popular plays
“What these Tales shall have been to the young readers, that and much more it is the writers' wish that the true Plays of Shakespe...are may prove to them in older years enrichers of the fancy, strengtheners of virtue, a withdrawing from all selfish and mercenary thoughts, a lesson of all sweet and honourable thoughts and actions, to teach courtesy, benignity, generosity, humanity: for of examples, teaching these virtues, his pages are full.” No better introduction to William Shakespeare's dramatic masterpieces exists than the delightful prose adaptations of Charles and Mary Lamb, first published in 1807. The two selected 20 of Shakespeare's best-known plays and set out both to make them accessible to children and to pay enthusiastic homage to the original works. Together the Lambs distilled the powerful themes and unforgettable characterizations of Shakespeare's plays into elegant narratives--classic tales in their own right. Charles took responsibility for such powerful tragedies as Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear, while Mary worked on the comedies: brilliant fantasies like A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest, and thought-provoking plays like Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, and The Merchant of Venice. As the authors point out in their introduction, their versions of the tragedies tend to rely on the language of the original plays, while the comedies are more freely adapted. But all of the Lambs' stories--with their clear, supple, and rhythmic prose--reward any reader, whether encountering Shakespeare for the first time or revisiting his work. Written in a clear and concise style which is easy for children or those who are learning the language to understand, it renders the immortal plays in story form, providing access to some of the finest works in the English language. CONTENTS THE TEMPEST A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM THE WINTER'S TALE MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING AS YOU LIKE IT THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA THE MERCHANT OF VENICE CYMBELINE KING LEAR MACBETH ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL THE TAMING OF THE SHREW THE COMEDY OF ERRORS MEASURE FOR MEASURE TWELFTH NIGHT; OR, WHAT YOU WILL TIMON OF ATHENS ROMEO AND JULIET HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK OTHELLO PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE read more
Christmas wood is full of animals: Badger, Fidgety Fox, Owl (not Wise Old Owl, just Owl), the Rabbit family, Tiny Mouse, and Robin.... All the animals are getting ready to celebrate—Badger is looking for new friends, Tiny is making (and eating) gingerbread, and Rosie Rabbit just wants peace and quiet! Five festive stories from the animals in the wood all come together in a sixth story, a fantastic Christmas finale in a barn with some rather special guests. read more
This retelling in prose of twenty of Shakespeare's thirty-seven plays was originally published just for children. Keeping Shakespe...are's own words whenever possible but making the plots and language easily understandable, this very listenable collection has entertained and informed generations of adults as well. With such classic stories as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado about Nothing, Hamlet, and more, Shakespeare's most memorable characters come to life anew as magicians and fairies, fools and kings weave their magic, mischief, and madness. The list of 20 plays includes: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, King Lear, Macbeth, All's Well That End Well, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night (or-What You Will), Timon of Athens, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet (Prince of Denmark), Othello, Pericles (Prince of Tyre.) read more
An obvious fox that has to learn to be sly, a duck afraid to swim and fly, a homesick goose, a compulsive beaver that cannot play ...because the work is never done, a boisterous blue jay that needs to learn a lesson in kindness, and a wise owl that quits her job are some of the unusual characters that pack the pages of Tales from Weaver Pond. Each must learn about self-acceptance, the importance of being different, the need to accept others, and dealing with loss. When Weaver Pond is threatened, each character finds that flaws can become strengths. Using teamwork, they survive the threat by implementing "Operation Mole Hole." An exciting tale with lots of twists and turns, Tales from Weaver Pond helps its readers to understand the vital need for kindness and community. read more
An obvious fox that has to learn to be sly, a duck afraid to swim and fly, a homesick goose, a compulsive beaver that cannot play ...because the work is never done, a boisterous blue jay that needs to learn a lesson in kindness, and a wise owl that quits her job are some of the unusual characters that pack the pages of Tales from Weaver Pond. Each must learn about self-acceptance, the importance of being different, the need to accept others, and dealing with loss. When Weaver Pond is threatened, each character finds that flaws can become strengths. Using teamwork, they survive the threat by implementing "Operation Mole Hole. An exciting tale with lots of twists and turns, Tales from Weaver Pond helps its readers to understand the vital need for kindness and community.Chapter 1 - Freddie the Obvious Fox Chapter 2 - Dominic Duck Cracks His Fears Chapter 3 - Betty Finally Finishes Chapter 4 - WhoEver Heard of a Homesick Goose? Chapter 5 - Too Slow Travis Turtle Chapter 6 - Jethro the Boistrous Blue Jay Chapter 7 - Millie Digs to the Sun Chapter 8 - Orlena Owl Quits Her Job Chapter 9 - Travis Turtle Takes Control Chapter 10 - Jethro's Secret Chapter 11 - Dominic Get His Wings Clipped Chapter 12 - Orlena's Decoy Dream Chapter 13 - Operation Mole Hole Chapter 14 - The Trap Chapter 15 - Derek Duck's Tree Chapter 16 - Winter Comes To Weaver Pond read more
Here are nine delightfully funny stories about the triumphs and tribulations of the citizens of Moominvalley. Readers will discove...r how the Moomin family save young Ninny from permanent invisibility, and what happens when Moomintroll catches the last dragon in the world. Some of the characters in these tales will be brand-new to Moomin fans, but there are lots of old friends to meet as well. read more
Join Owl in the wild and find out what he does each night. From what he eats to where he lives, learn all about a fluffy owl’s nig...ht with this bright, engaging board book. The perfect first introduction to nature for little ones, each page features bright, bold illustrations and includes a window or a flap to encourage children to read on and discover what happens next. read more
Join bird as she hunts a tasty caterpillar, sings in the trees and meets a new friend. But what happens when she lays three small ...eggs in her nest? This bright, engaging board book follows a simple story about a little bird in the wild and is the perfect first introduction to nature for little ones. Each page features bright, bold illustrations and includes a window or a flap to encourage children to read on and discover what happens next read more
The tale of the roguish Monkey and his exploits on a fabulous journey to India is one of the most popular classics in Asian litera...ture. Monkey has been imprisoned in a mountain because of the chaos he has wrought in heaven. To be redeemed, he must guide the Buddhist monk Triptaka from China, through the Himalayas, on a mystical quest in search of sacred scriptures. Based on the story of the Hsi-yu Chi, The Journey to the West. read more
Charles and Mary Lamb, brother and sister, collaborated on narrative versions of 20 plays in their ''Tales From Shakespeare.'' The... following Tales are meant to be submitted to the young reader as an introduction to the study of Shakespeare, for which purpose his words are used whenever it seemed possible to bring them in; and in whatever has been added to give them the regular form of a connected story, diligent are has been taken to select such words as might least interrupt the effect of the beautiful English tongue in which he wrote: therefore, words introduced into our language since his time have been as far as possible avoided. The following plays are recounted here: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, King Lear, Macbeth, All's Well That Ends Well, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night; or, What You Will, Timon of Athens, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Othello, Pericles, and Prince of Tyre. read more
In 1807, Charles Lamb and his sister Mary wrote a collection of stories retelling twenty of Shakespeare's plays for children. Whil...e making sure that the pieces were accessible for a younger audience, they took care to stay faithful to the language and vocabulary of the Bard as much as possible. Ranging from the high drama of Romeo and Juliet to the delightful fancy of A Midsummer Night's Dream and the humour of As You Like it, this collection of vivid adaptations – here presented in a lavish new edition – has been a much loved children's classic for more than two hundred years, offering budding readers an accessible route to Shakespeare's works. read more
The battle for Algernon has taken on a new twist as Ralston sets into motion his most devious plan yet, the likes of which not eve...n sorceress Magica can fathom. read more
Excerpt from Tales From Bentley3113 m m nu: smmsu cw; on, 110101138 31103 was devil's tail. As poxssons n'avmn. Msu mvsuuon. W own...s 15 ma: ma OF A gambler.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works. read more
When young Lionel is whisked from his nursery one morning and crowned king, he becomes fascinated by the forbidden Book of Beasts ...in the palace library. But when a real red dragon escapes from the pages and wreaks havoc on the kingdom, Lionel has to act fast to make things right. But how? Edith Nesbit’s entertaining stories found a fan in J.K. Rowling, and with good reason. Like Harry Potter, these selections from The Book of Dragons are full of just the right mix of magic, adventure, and everyday life. read more