Folio Society Nerd Alert! 7/4 '19
The Folio Society is having a 50% off sale on over 160 titles! It ends on July 12th.
Thinking of you, Beth Adele!
I finally bought the book I have been vulturing around for over a year ...
African Folktales collected by Roger B. Abrahams.
When I was a kid, one of my teachers from kindergarten through first grade was a professional African Storyteller. Her name was Linda Goss, and not only did she involve us in the interactive process of listening to her stories (call and response chants, answering questions), she also directed some of us in a performance of one of the trickster tales. We performed it at the local childrens' museum (the Please Touch Museum). Ever since then, I have felt a particular attachment to African folk tales, particularly stories about Anansi the Spider, the trickster who'd put all tricksters to shame ... if only he'd been able to get out of his own way.
I don't remember where Linda's stories originated - if they were tied to a particular country or region. I was a shy little kid and I was excited to play the Rabbit in the show. My friend Jenny played the Monkey. I remember crouching on the floor covered in a brightly-colored print and being rabbity, and I remember Anansi.
I've been looking for books of Anansi stories or of just African Folk Tales for years, and they are surprisingly hard to find. Or maybe not surprisingly. Anyway, I found one, and the table of contents is maddeningly NOT on the website, but the description gives me hope that Anansi will be inside, eating himself sick and trying to pull one over on his animal friends.