CHILDREN OF WAX - African Folk Tales

Smith, Alexander McCall

Published by Interlink Books, 1999
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119 pp. Trade paperback format. Light edge and corner wear with a flat uncreased spine; no interior markings. Wraparound cover art by Janet Pontin. This collection contains: Guinea Fowl Child; Hare Fools the Baboons; The Girl Who Lived in a Cave; Pumpkin; Sister of Bones; Milk Bird; Beware of Friends You Cannot Trust; Children of Wax; Brave Hunter; Hare Fools Lion - Again; A Tree to Sing to; A Blind Man Catches a Bird; Strange Animal; Why Elephant and Hyena Live Far from People; The Wife Who Would Not Work; The Sad Story of Tortoise and Snail; An Old Man Who Saved Some Ungrateful People; Great Snake; The Girl Who Married a Lion; Two Bad Friends; How a Strange Creature Took the Place of a Girl and then Fell into a Hole; Greater Than Lion; Head Tree; The Baboons Who Went This Way and That; Two Friends Who Met for Dinner; Stone Hare; and The Colors of All the Cattle. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: This is a collection of 27 tales demonstrating the variety of traditional African folk tales. From animal fables to mysterious forces residing in the landscapes all the the tales manifest the very particular magic of Africa's spiritual roots: a sense of unity with the environment.

From Library Journal: These recently collected tales are emphatically not children's pabulum: they are full of danger, violence, and death. There is a near-obsession with food and water, hunger and thirst. Although anthropomorphic animals and other supernatural elements figure here, they are taken for granted. The dominant note is a vivid--even stark--realism. Behaviors most strongly condemned in the narratives are fickleness, foolish trust, greed, and overreaching, but selfish and even treacherous acts sometimes go unpunished. (One story describes a cruel revenge worthy of a 16th-century melodrama.) There is an apparently unironic account of the evolution of baboons from humans. While folktales from West Africa are familiar to many, this collection may give greater currency to the traditional tales of Matabeleland in Zimbabwe.
- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
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Title: CHILDREN OF WAX - African Folk Tales
Publisher: Interlink Books
Publication Date: 1999
Binding: Paperback
Illustrator: Janet Pontin;
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First U.S. Edition.

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