A collection of ten hugely entertaining stories, drawn from the rich folklore of many countries throughout Africa, and brought sparklingly to life with humour and poetry by Ghanaian author, Nii Ayikwei Parkes. Find out how selfish Lion gets his comeuppance, how Tortoise gets his cracked shell, discover the days when the earth's creatures were all mixed up and much more in these brilliantly crafted tales, all of which reflect the very best and the very worst of human behaviour.
The book includes endnotes with a glossary, additional information as well as ideas for activities that children can do to explore the stories further.
Nii Ayikwei Parkes is a Ghanaian writer and Senior Editor at Flipped Eye publishing. A 2007 recipient of Ghana's national ACRAG award for poetry and literary advocacy, he is a former International Writing Fellow at the University of Southampton. In 2009, his short story, 'Socks Ball', was highly commended in the Caine Prize for African Writing, and his novel Tail of the Blue Bird (Jonathan Cape, 2009) was shortlisted for the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Nii Ayikwei writes for children under the name K.P. Kojo and spends his time in Ghana and the United Kingdom.
Needs to be three times as long and sitting on a shelf in every school library -- Mark Haddon
Needs to be three times as long and sitting on a shelf in every school library
A brand new collection of African folktales for Puffin Classics
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