Animal Fables and Other Tales
. Africa World Press . Trenton, N.J.
GR350.A343 1988 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A thirty-five page pamphlet containing twelve stories with six illustrations. They are not fables but rather folktales brought especially by the Yoruba to Brazil, the Caribbean, and the Southern USA. The black-and-white art at least suggests a perspective different from mainline North American. The stories have plenty of standard folktale material: gods, etiology, boasting, tricking, and magic. The best of the stories is The Tortoise and the Elephant (18). Note The Monkey and the Wax Doll (28), our Tar Baby story. The orthography is sometimes poor. Some stories here tend to start new episodes when the story is already well done or to take it all back in the last sentence (e.g., 33).