Ashley Bryan's African Tales, Uh-huh

by Ashley Bryan

The 14 stories reprinted here were first published in one of these collections of... read more

The 14 stories reprinted here were first published in one of these collections of folklore retold by Ashley Bryan: The Ox of the Wonderful Horns; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum and Lion and the Ostrich. Their original ochre and deep red illustrations adorn the pages of these tales: "Ananse the Spider in Search of a Fool," "Frog and His Two Wives," "Elephant and Frog Go Courting," "Tortoise, Hare and the Sweet Potatoes," "Hen and Frog," "Why Bush Cow and Elephant Are Bad Friends," "The Husband Who Counted the Spoonfuls, Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together," "How Animals got Their Tails, The Son of the Wind, Jackal's Favorite Game," "The Foolish Boy, and the two original title stories. Bryan's skill in finding the written cadence for each story and his affection for trickster, fool and hero alike make this a treasure trove in which to find some of his best-loved tales. Sources are printed at the end. (Ages 9-12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1998

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