African Tales: A Barefoot Collection

African Tales: A Barefoot Collection

Gcina Mhlophe Rachel Griffin / Jan 17, 2020

African Tales A Barefoot Collection Written by internationally acclaimed Xhosa storyteller Gcina Mhlophe and illustrated with hand sewn artwork each of these eight tales comes with an introduction to the country s customs and culture

  • Title: African Tales: A Barefoot Collection
  • Author: Gcina Mhlophe Rachel Griffin
  • ISBN: 9781846865909
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written by internationally acclaimed Xhosa storyteller, Gcina Mhlophe, and illustrated with hand sewn artwork, each of these eight tales comes with an introduction to the country s customs and culture The stories are from Ethiopia, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Senegal, Sudan and Swaziland.

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    About "Gcina Mhlophe Rachel Griffin"

      • Gcina Mhlophe Rachel Griffin

        Born in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu Natal in 1960, Gcina Mhlope now lives in Johannesburg Gcina Mhlope has been writing and performing on stage and screen for over 20 years She has written many children s books as well as adult audience poetry, short stories and plays She produced and performed on a CD for children with Ladysmith Black Mambazo She has written music for the SABCTV series Gcina Friends where she performed her own stories for television audiences In 2000 she released an award winning storytelling CD called Fudukazi s Magic for German audiences She has also written both story and music in collaboration with guitarist, Bheki Khoza, for the Animated Tales of the World TV series In 2001 her CD and book of Nozincwadi Mother of Books was produced as part of her nationwide reading road show to South African rural schools Her work has received awards from BBC Africa Service for Radio Drama, The Fringe First Award in the Edinburgh Festival, the Josef Jefferson Award in Chicago, and OBBIE in New York Gcina Mhlophe has received Honorary Doctorates from the London Open University as well as the University of Natal This year sees the publication of her book and CD, African Mother Christmas by Maskew Miller Longman, as well as the re publication of Love Child now in English , and Have You Seen Zandile by University of Natal Press Her work has contributed to preserving storytelling as a means of keeping history alive and has encouraged South African children to read.


    1. I absolutely loved reading this book. It is a collection of eight stories from eight African countries such as Swaziland, Senegal and Ghana. I like the fact that prior to each story there is a short introduction to the country. The stories are full of adventure, emotion and they really are uplifting and enticing for the children to listen to and also for them to read themselves.I have to comment on the illustrations as they are absolutely beautiful and compliment the book so well. The illustrati [...]

    2. This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen, partly due to the really luscious textile illustrations that add so many layers of colour and culture to the traditional stories.The book has a collection of tales from Africa. The format is a double page of introduction to the country, along with some facts and geographical information. This is a great way to give a simple context to readers, and would be a great conversation or research starter for a class. Then, there is one tale per c [...]

    3. A beautiful collection of tales from several African countries: Namibia, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland, Senegal, Ghana, Sudan, and Ethiopia. What makes this book so special is the brief country introduction provided before each respective tale, a detailed list of sources for each country at the end of the book and the magnificent art work, adorning each page. A real treasure! (Extra bonus: 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to Books for Africa, an NGO bringing books to childr [...]

    4. This is a great collection of traditional Africa tales that could be used as read-alouds or for storytelling. What's great about the book is its breakdown of the different countries in African accompanied by a short, not overwhelming introduction of history and facts about each. The stories are well-paced and a great addition to any folktale collection.

    5. Background information on the country of each story was interesting, but I would have liked more cultural explanation for the stories. Some of the stories seemed unfinished, or maybe they just don't really make sense out of context. The illustrations are fabulous.

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