Tales from the African Plains

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9780525452829: Tales from the African Plains

A retelling of twelve folktales collected from various cultural groups in Africa, enhanced by illustrations full of decorative borders, traditional patterns, and textile-like layers, captures the vitality, humor, and wisdom of these traditions.

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These 12 finely crafted folk tales draw on Africa¹s ancient tradition of storytelling.

Also available in the Pavilion Paperback Classics series: Aesop¹s Fables, Black Beauty, A Christmas Carol, The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Little Women, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Railway Children, Tales for the Telling, Three Men in a Boat, Treasure Island, The Wind in the Willows and World of Fairy Tales.

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Culled by Alexander during his travels in Kenya, 12 folktales are given flowing colloquial retellings here. The artist's respect and appreciation for Kenyan culture is apparent in his stunning, mural-like paintings, which feature native people, wildlife and vegetation. Distinguished by blazing color and intricate patterns, the art conveys the action, symbolism and moral of each of these sprightly stories. Cooperation between humans and animals is a common thread in the narratives, as are themes of betrayal, bravery and the triumph of good over evil. Among the liveliest entries are "The Poor Man's Reward," in which animals repay a traveler's kindness by helping him to win the hand of a princess; "Why the Moon Comes Out at Night," an engaging explanation of how Sun earned the most important position in the sky; and "Why Hyenas Don't Wear Jewelry," a witty expose of vanity and greed. While Gatti occasionally includes footnotes to define African words, very few terms will be unfamiliar to middle-grade readers, with the result that these stories are unusually easy to follow and absorb. All ages.
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