Washington, Donna L. A Pride Of African Tales.
Washington, Donna L. A PRIDE OF AFRICAN TALES. Il. by James
Ransome. ISBN 0-06-0249293. New York: HarperCollins, 2004. 80 pp.
$25.99. The author has taken six folktales from various regions in
Africa and combined them with vivid illustrations to create this
beautiful book. The author's philosophy is that stories should be
told, not simply read; therefore, she encourages the readers to tell the
stories in their own special way. Each folktale in the collection
teaches the audience a lesson. In "Anansi's Fishing
Expedition," Anansi learns of the dangers of tricking people. A
tale from the Congo, "The Boy Who Wanted the Moon," warns us
of the consequences of being foolish. The third tale, "Shansa
Mutongo Shima," teaches us the valuable lesson of not judging
people based on their appearances. In "The Roof of Leaves,"
the audience learns of the importance and value of forgiveness. In
"The Wedding Basket," we learn about taboos and how breaking a
taboo can be very problematic. The final tale, "The Talking
Skull," teaches the audience the valuable lesson of thinking before
speaking. The beautiful illustrations in this book bring each folktale
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