African Tales

96p. 978-1-84686-118-5.
Gr 4-8 Each of these eight tales is preceded by information and interesting facts about the country from which it originated. A basic map of Africa helps orient readers to the location of the various countries represented. Extensive source notes are appended. While the first folktale is one of the blandest of the bunch, there are many choices that could be read aloud or told using a call-and-response format. The book design, from the page borders to the endpapers, is a feast for the eyes. Griffin employs a collage technique using colored beads, sewn fabric, and textured papers, and incorporates them into shapes and faces of animals and humans. However, several sections of text superimposed upon darker fabric are difficult to read. Overall, this compilation contains a wealth of information and will enhance folklore collections."Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA" Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc.
This collection of eight tales reflects the diversity and richness of the world's second-largest continent. Using all her skills as a gifted storyteller, South African Mhlophe first introduces readers to each country (Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, etc.) before relating a regional folktale. Griffin's collage illustrations--constructed from fabric, beads, and other materials--make this color-filled volume worth lingering over. Websites.

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