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African Folktales (The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) Paperback – August 12, 1983


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (August 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394721179
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394721170
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume sports a hefty 95 stories gleaned from the notes of the earliest missionaries on up to recent anthropological studies. Abrahams admits that reading the stories lacks the full impact of hearing them told aloud but contends that they can nonetheless still be enjoyed. The stories feature numerous illustrations.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Nearly 100 stories from over 40 tribe-related myths of creation, tales of epic deeds, ghost stories and tales set in both the animal and human realms.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Lefebvre on July 18, 2001
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This book gives a great representation of folktales from all parts of Africa. These tales highlight the variety of the people and societies on the continent, helping to correct the notion of Africa being one big country. While stylistically consistent, the themese touched in the book speak of sophistication. From epics to simple "lesson" tales, Mr. Abrahams has done a great job laying out the stories. His introduction is also superb, though for some reason two stories he mentions in his introduction are not to be found in the book itself. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for the "real folk," and not simply beddy time stories (though some stories here could be used for that too!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Blakey on February 12, 2007
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I have yet to encounter one of the Pantheon folklore series that was not a good read. This is no exception. My regret is that they have not published more and that some of their folklore books seem out of print. I enjoyed this book and I am happy to recommend it. I knew little of African folklore before reading this book. I plan to look into the subject more.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 15, 2005
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Great tales that help to bring the African storyteller experience home, help teach issues of morality, introduce some of the animal life, paint the lifestyle of women as well as men, and provide the usual creation myths etc. one is accustomed to finding in a book of myths. Explanations to the set of tales, and each section of tales is provided by the author, along with why he believes them to be of importance. I enjoyed them thoroughly because he invites you into his experience.
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