Gatanan, gatanan, ta je, ta komo. A story, a story, let it go, let it come."" Three Hausa and five Ashanti tales ""remembered"" by the author are retold in such a personal style that one can almost hear the teller's voice. Larungu includes pourquoi stories, trickster tales, and legends based on historical events; even the familiar ones are presented in unusual versions--in ""The Spider and the Terrible Great Ones,"" Spider not only tricks the elephant and hippopotamus into giving him food, then engaging in a tug-of-war, but escapes their enmity with a third deception. The collection has obvious didactic intent--detailed explanatory essays and African proverbs are strewn between stories--but the simple language and pervasive good humor make the lessons more than palatable. Illustrated with amateurish b&w drawings based on African scenes and motifs.