Nelson Mandelas Favorite African Folktales by Nelson MandelaNelson Mandelas Favorite African Folktales by Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandelas Favorite African Folktales

byNelson MandelaEditorNelson Mandela

Paperback | October 16, 2007

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In these beloved stories we meet a Kenyan lion named Simba, a snake with seven heads, and tricksters from Zulu folklore; we hear the voices of the scheming hyena, and we learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns. Creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. Whether warning children about the dangers of disobedience or demonstrating that the underdog can, and often does, win, these stories, through their depiction of wise animals as well as evil monsters, are universal in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical. Translated from their original languages—Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, and many others—these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.
Nelson Mandela (1918—2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as the first democratically-elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Foundation as his post-presidential office in 1999. It is a not-for-profit organization which has...
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Title:Nelson Mandelas Favorite African FolktalesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 10.4 × 10.1 × 0.4 inPublished:October 16, 2007Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0393329909

ISBN - 13:9780393329902

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller will never die in Africa, that all the children in the world may experience the wonder of books. — Nelson Mandela