Books celebrating Madiba’s legacy
VARIOUS AUTHORS Tafelberg This stunning anthology collects 32 of Nelson Mandela’s favourite children’s stories and fables from across the African continent, from Cape Town to Morocco.
It brings together rich tales that will entertain and educate. Honour, persistence and dedication are rewarded in The Snake Chief (Zululand); in the San tale The Great Thirst we learn how the first animals found grazing land and water; and in Mmadipetsane we’re taught to listen to our parents (Lesotho).
Find out how cats domesticated themselves in The Cat Who Came Indoors (Zimbabwe),and be entertained by clever tricksters in Wolf and Jackal and the Barrel of Butter (Cape Dutch) and The Hare’s Revenge (Zambia).
You can also travel from Cape Town to Persia in a delightful adventure with the witch Sannie Langtand (Cape English).
Each story has a short introduction explaining its origin, which adults will find enlightening.
The lively tales are mostly just a few pages long, which makes them perfect for bedtime.
Children will be enthralled. Just like the fairytales of the Brothers Grimm (Sleeping Beauty) and Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Mermaid), this volume is a must for your child’s bookshelf.