The Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories

The Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories

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17 stories make up this unique collection of folktales brought to life by illustrations throughout the text.

"The stories of West Africa are about men and animals, about kings, warriors, and hunters. They tell about clever people and stupid people, about good ones and bad ones, about how things and animals got to be how they are. Sometimes they are just tall tales. There are stories about Frog, Rabbit, Turtle, Guinea Fowl, and all the other animals that West Africans know. Some of the stories make you think. Some make you laugh.

Here are some of the stories of the people of the forests, the seacoast, the hills, and the plains.

The people of West Africa give them to you."


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312380069
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 04/29/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 513,455
Product dimensions: 5.27(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

As a young man, Harold Courlander (1908-1996) took a trip to Haiti with the intention of doing research for a novel. He discovered his lifelong passion, anthropology, which led him to further travels and research into Native Americans, Asians, Indians, and numerous African tribes. He preserved the history of these people in his many books of folklore and history.

George Herzog (1901–1983) was a musicologist and anthropologist specializing in Native American music. Like Courlander, he was intent on preserving the heritage of people, particularly through their music.

Madye Lee Chastain (1908-1989) wrote 17 children's books and illustrated many more.

Table of Contents

"Africa is many things"
The cow-tail switch
Kaddo's wall
The one you don't see coming
Kassa, the strong one
Anansi's fishing expedition
Younde goes to town
The singing tortoise time
The messenger to Maftam
Guinea fowl and rabbit get justice
Anansi and nothing go hunting for wives
How Soko brought deby to Ashanti
Hungry spider and the turtle
Throw mountains
Ansige Karamba, the glutton
Don't shake hands with everybody

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