All kinds of animals feature in these ten sparkling stories from all over Africa, by an award-winning author and illustrator. Find out what happens to Lion when he challenges Elephant and discovers who is the real king of the savannah; laugh along with Tortoise as he bewitches the animals in Leopard’s work-party with his irresistible music; find out why Hippo has no hair, how Elephant got his trunk, and why Cockerel crows. Then read about the woman who had a mouse-child! The stories are drawn from the rich folklore of Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and are perfectly matched by Piet Grobler’s wonderful illustrations.
BEVERLEY NAIDOO grew up in Johannesburg. As a student she joined the resistance to Aparteid, ending up exiled in England. Her books include Journey to Jo’burg, which has just celebrated its 25th anniversary of publication, Carnegie-medal winning The Other Side of Truth, The Great Tug of War, S is for South Africa and Aesop’s Fables. She lives in Bournemouth, Dorset.
PIET GROBLER grew up on a farm in Limpopo, South Africa. After working as a church minister, he made a career in illustration and now lectures at the University of Worcester. His books for Frances Lincoln include Fussy Freya with Katherine Quarmby, All the Wild Wonders and A is Amazing with Wendy Cooling, The Magic Bojabi Tree with Dianne Hofmeyr, and The Great Tug of War and Aesop’s Fables with Beverley Naidoo. He lives in Great Malvern, Worcestershire.
Naidoo is unrivalled at encapsulating both story and style within her retellings.
Ten lively stories from across the continent are included in this unusual collection of stories about animals of all kinds.They are just as enchanting as many better-known stories and they are perfect to read aloud. The stories are perfectly matched by Piet Grobler's delicately detailed illustrations.
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"Follow-up to the bestselling Aesop’s Fables, from the same creative team."
"Rich in folklore and complete with evocative illustrations by Piet Grobler, this would make a marvellous addition to any classroom."