MYTHS AND LEGENDS FROM GHANA FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES by Rute Larungu

MYTHS AND LEGENDS FROM GHANA FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURES

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Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 ``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. (Folklore. 9-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1-878893-21-1
Page count: 96pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1992




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