Folktales from Africa

Folktales from Africa consits of 20 stories from the length and breadth of the African continent.
Stewart, Dianne; van Heerden, Marjorie
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Title: Folktales from Africa
Author: Dianne Stewart
Illustrator: Marjorie van Heerden
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Imprint: Struik Lifestyle
Cape Town, South Africa 2015
ISBN 9781432303556 / ISBN 978-1-4323-0355-6
Softcover, 17 x 22 cm, 112 pages, 50 illustrations


Folktales are timeless and, although they are a product of a particular culture, they have universal relevance because they give insight into the human condition. In Folktales from Africa, award-winning South African author Dianne Stewart has retold stories from the length and breadth of the African continent. Beautifully illustrated by Marjorie van Heerden, this collection of twenty stories is certain to entertain and delight the reader, as well as give insight into the countries from which the tales have been sourced. Dianne Stewart has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, some of which have been published internationally, among them a collection of African proverbs, Wisdom from Africa, and a book of animal tales from Africa, The Zebra's Stripes and Other African Animal Tales. It was through her studies in African languages and literature that she first became aware of the wealth of oral literature that abounds on the African continent and which has been passed on from generation to generation through both word of mouth and the written word. This collection of folktales drawn from the African landscape is intended for enjoyment and entertainment, but it is hoped that you will also gain more insight into the countries from which these tales have been sourced.

Content: Folktales from Africa

The Origin of Stories
The Pig and the Disrespectful Man
The Discarded Bread
Fish Bones
Animals' Revenge
Mantis and the Springbok
The Song of the King's Son
The Lonely Goat-herder
The Clever Man and the Foolish Man
Sibling Rivalry
The Three Sons
Adzanumee, the Beautiful Daughter
How Yams came to the Ashanti
The Man in the Moon
The Tale of a Wealthy Man
The Woodcutter of Gura
The Voice of the Wind
The Man and the Gazelle
The Girl with a Gap Between Her Teeth
The Reunion