Fables and folktales around the world

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How chimpanzees became bald

Written by Mary-Rose Mbarga; published in Zimbabwe; written in Shona. Read book »

Told in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, this simple pourquoi tale is easy to follow through the illustrations, giving children an opportunity to write their own captions for the pictures. I think this selection will encourage students to look at other stories written in unfamiliar languages.

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The hunterman and the crocodile

Written by Baba Wague Diakite; published in the United States; written in English. Read book »

In our school, we are incorporating a study of Africa into all areas of the curriculum. This selection is an award-winning title that uses an African setting to express a universal theme.

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The baby's own Aesop

Written and illustrated by Walter Crane; published in the United States; written in English. Read book »

Walter Crane is one of the 3 most renowned artists in the history of children's literature (the other two being Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway). Looking at the titles from the 1800's, and this title in particular, offers students a wonderful opportunity to compare early fables and illustrations with modern versions.