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African folktales for all ages.
The mysteries of Africa come to life, wrapped in these timeless stories of adventure, wit and discovery. Each short story is the perfect length to read from beginning to end, around a winter's fire or a summer's lake and ideal for cozy bedtime tales.
African Folktales are common to most of the tribes and peoples of Africa. Different cultures, whilst sharing a common point of reference, will colour each story with their own rich, unique heritage.
These tales were handed down by word of mouth, through the ages, to be enjoyed by young and old alike. This book, like each one in the series, keeps the "voice" of the original storytellers of old.
These stories capture the essence of originality, preserving the traditional oral tales in rich and eloquent language. These are the fables of a harsh but beautiful wilderness and the people and animals living there... Long, long ago, when all the world was new...
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Even if you don't like folktales in general. You will find these, discoveries of good literature for all ages, to read or be read too. The stories are also amusing, cunning and clever, bringing good entertainment all round. Entwined in every tale there's a moral.About the Author:
The artist and author, Mauritz Mostert, was born and bred in the African bushveld where his family was influential in the creation of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in 1956. Growing up in what was then the African wilds meant driving vast distances over dirt tracks, riding in all the supplies needed for weeks at a time in an old Kombi.
The isolation was profound. When the rains arrived, the camp would be cut off as the rivers rose and flooded the dry bush. The nearest bush clinic was the mission station at Acornhoek, run by nuns, over thirty miles away, and the nearest town, one hundred miles.
The young Mauritz learned to be resourceful and capable. His constantcompanions were the birds, the animals and Santros, the son of his grandfather'sright hand man. But like most colonial children in the African wilds, Mauritzhad to eventually leave his beloved bushveld for boarding school.
Mauritz has worked in South Africa and Botswana as an expedition guide andcoordinator for documentary makers associated with National Geographic. Apartfrom writing and painting, he is the webmaster and developer accountable forCariMostert and Wildmoz where he is the wildlife photographer, providing visualcontent on the websites and illustrations for the African Folktales BookSeries.
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