Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales


A fantastic collection of stories that gathers in one volume many of Africa’s most cherished folktales. Your child would love it.

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Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales


In these beloved African Folktales we meet a Kenyan lion named Simba. A snake with seven heads and tricksters from Zulu folklore. We will hear the voices of the scheming hyena. Learn from a Khoi fable how animals acquired their tails and horns.

Creation myths tell us how the land, its animals, and its people all came into existence. Whether it be under a punishing sun or against the backdrop of a spectacularly beautiful mountain landscape. These cautionary tales will warn children about the dangers of disobedience. They will also demonstrate that the underdog can, and often does win.

In Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales makes use of wise animals as well as evil monsters in their portrayal of humanity, beasts, and the mystical. Translated from their original languages—Karanga, Nguni, Xhosa, and many others—these folktales are a testament to the craft of storytelling and the power of myth.

Folktales were often used to help guide children to make more morally sound choices. This collection of stories does not fail in upholding that tradition. It would also be recommended to check out the audio book version if you can which features a host of celebrities. These include as Whoopi Goldberg,  Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Sophie Okonedo, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker and many more.

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