African Tales

Barefoot Books

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Get swept away by 8 traditional tales from 8 different African nations retold by master storyteller Gcina Mhlophe, a well-known South African activist, actor, poet, playwright and director. Mhlophe provides a fascinating, fact-filled introduction to each story about the country it comes from to boost young readers' reading comprehension, global awareness and geography knowledge.

The stories include:

  • Nolwandle, Girl of the Waves (Namibia)
  • Makhosi and the Magic Horns (Malawi)
  • Masilo and Masilonyana (Lesotho)
  • The Great Hunter (Swaziland)
  • Sea Wind (Senegal)
  • Ananse and the Impossible Quest (Ghana)
  • The Story of the Wise Mother (Sudan)
  • Everything Changes, Everything Passes (Ethiopia)

With the author's keen insight and Rachel Griffin's delicate embroidered illustrations, this anthology is truly one-of-a-kind.

  • Ages 8+ years
  • 96 pages
  • Paperback
  • 9 x 11"
Retold by - Gcina Mhlophe
Gcina Mhlophe has been writing and performing for over twenty years and conducts storytelling workshops around the world. Gcina has received many awards, including the Fringe First award, the Josef Jefferson award, an OBIE (Off-Broadway Theatre Award) and two honorary degrees in literature. She founded the Literacy Promotion Road Show, which travels to schools all over South Africa to set up libraries. Gcina lives in Durban, South Africa with her husband, daughter and two cats.
Illustrated by - Rachel Griffin
Rachel Griffin's artwork has been recognized all over the world for its ornate detail, which blends fabrics, beads, stamps and other odds and ends. Her passion for collecting helps her to accumulate a vast range of items that she can incorporate into her work. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions and galleries, including her own "one woman" exhibition at London's Barbican Centre. She has illustrated several well-loved books for Barefoot. She currently lives in Bristol, England with her husband, Rob, and daughter, Betzy.