Listen Right Now! African Tales

Listen Right Now! African Tales

Mufaro Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (Africa) Mufaro’s two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife. Caldecott Honor Book; Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner, 1988

Mosquitoes Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (West Africa) A mosquito’s lie sets off a series of reactions in the jungle that results in the owl’s refusal to wake the sun and the lion’s decision to call a meeting of the animals. Caldecott Medal.

Village Village of Round and Square Houses (Cameroon, Africa) A grandmother explains to her listeners why in their village on the side of a volcano the men live insquare houses and the women in round ones. Caldecott Honor Book.

AStory A Story, A Story: an African Tale (Africa) Many African stories, whether or not they are about Kwaku Ananse the “spider man,” are called, “Spider Stories.” This book is about how that came to be. Caldecott Medal, 1971.

Anansi Anansi Goes to Lunch (Africa) When three friends invite Anansi the Spider to lunch on the same day, he learns a lesson about greed.
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