Myths and Legends from Ghana for African-American Cultures

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Grade 4-7-- A collection of eight folktales , three from the Hausa of present-day northern Nigeria, and five from the Ashanti of present-day Ghana. Useful, informative letters from Larungu place the stories in context, briefly describe the Hausa and Ashanti cultures (the latter more thoroughly than the former), and elaborate upon the dominant themes. Several of the selections explain the origins of animals and peoples, while others are meant to teach young listeners about proper conduct. The stories are written in free verse, each beginning and ending in a traditional manner that provides authenticity and insight into oral storytelling. By presenting two traditions and several key themes, this volume gives a fuller background to West African folklore than single-story books, and most of the tales have enough tension to sustain interest. However, while the layout is attractive, with sufficient white space, many of the illustrations seem more inspired by fantasy than reality. Some experts may question the author's use of the outdated word ``tribe,'' and the title is misleading. The Hausa live principally in Nigeria and not Ghana, and the book is not only for ``African-American cultures,'' but for everyone. Children will appreciate these stories and gain greater understanding of the communities from which they originate. --Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Siena College Library, Loudonville, NY
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