'Too often, the picture that we get of African countries is a bleak one, and we see little of the joy and humour which is so immediately and strikingly evident to any visitor to that part of the world.' Alexander McCall Smith From the wild plains of Sudan to a village in Cameroon, this collection of stories gathers together folk tales from many different African traditions. Over forty stories are narrated in a lively, conversational style and accompanied by vibrant colour illustrations. Discover how man lost his tail, puzzle over riddles, and meet a variety of animals from the lazy rabbit to the wicked leopard. These magical tales are ideal read-aloud bedtime stories for children aged 7 and up, or for older ones to read to themselves.
Publisher: Floris Books
Number of pages: 96
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 252 x 202 x 15 mm
'An enchanting set of stories and all for a good cause too. There are riddles to puzzle over, animals to discover and morals to learn. Tales from African Dreamtime is illustrated with vibrant colour paintings and the stories are fun to read either in a group or alone.' -- Creative Steps Magazine, May/June 2009 'This vibrant collection of African folktales should have a place on every library shelf ... The lively style is perfect for reading aloud, and the stories and fables give a strong sense of the traditions and moral values of African society. The illustrator has captured the essence of the tales in her glowing, beautiful pictures.' -- Jayne Gould, The School Librarian 'Perfect for telling aloud ... Magdalene Sacranie's writing reflects her deep love of African culture and uses a lively, engaging style. The stories are evocatively illustrated by Sarah Bramley. Each tale is thought-provoking, often with a moral or a riddle. Children will enjoy talking about the whys and wherefores of these ancient tales while engaging with a refreshingly vibrant picture of the African continent.' -- Mel Tibbs, Juno Magazine A beautifully produced book with a conversational style that evokes the oral tradition of stories shared around a fire, and illustrations that stay in the mind long after the book Is closed. -- Yvone Coppard, Caroused issue 43
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