Tales from Africa
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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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
A Children's Africana Book Awards Best Book 2016 All kinds of animals are featured in these ten sparkling stories from all over Af...rica, 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
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
Adamu is the high-jumping contest of the Maasai tribe in Kenya and Tanzania. It is a fable, an allegory that describes how a boy,... in jumping so high, finds his grounding, that which is really important. 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
Excerpt from Traveller Tales of South AfricaThe writer and compiler does not expect that all his readers will follow his own polit...ical views, but he hopes to stimulate all to seek a larger intelligence on topics about which people of right inspirations diﬂ'er in regard to methods of accomplishing results.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
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
Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expe...nsive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork. 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
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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
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
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
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
Books : Tales from Acorn Wood: Counting (Board book)
This multicultural children's book presents classic Korean fairy tales and other folk stories—providing a delightful look into a r...ich literary culture. The Korean people possess a folklore tradition as colorful and captivating as any in the world, but the stories themselves still are not as well-known to Western readers as those from The Brothers Grimm, Mother Goose, or Hans Christian Andersen.In her best-selling book for young readers, Frances Carpenter collects thirty-two classic Korean children's stories from the "Land of the Morning Calm": the woodcutter and the old men of the mountain; the puppy who saved his village from a tiger; the singing girl who danced the Japanese general into the deep river; Why the dog and cat are not friends; and even a more familiar tale of the clever rabbit who outsmarted the tortoise. The children of the Kim family sit at their beloved Grandmother's knee to listen to these and other traditional folk tales which are rooted in thousands of years of Korean culture. read more
Books : Tales from Acorn Wood Sticker Book (Paperback)
This classic collection of tales is a collection of stories collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scho...lars across the Middle East, North Africa and Indian subcontinent. These collections of tales trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian literature. There are many versions of the Tales collection. The present edition has been specially selected, editted, and designed. Includes the complete version of the "Seven Voyages of Sinbad". read more
These are enchanting stories which cast a wide net woven from colourful threads of wit and humour interlaced through simple yet ab...sorbing plots. The entertainment factor runs high in painless combination with the cultural, historical, geographical and moral providing just the right balance for the reader. They are sure to lure both the 'eager-beaver' as well as the 'reluctant' reader and those in between. The full-colour illustrations are a delight, and the thoughtful discussion questions do the important job of engaging the reader from both an objective and personal perspective. Young people, whether in the classroom or out of it, will want to keep on reading. Happy trails! read more
Within these pages live twenty-eight short stories crafted by twenty-eight authors. Each provides a unique glimpse into the mind a...nd writing style of a budding young author. Completed as part of 2014's annual NaNoWriMo competition, these narratives represent the perseverance, hard work, and determination of twenty-eight outstanding grade 7 and 8 students at Sir John A. Macdonald Public School in Pickering Ontario. It is with great pleasure that we present this anthology to the world. May you have as much fun reading as we did writing. read more