African Fables That teach about God (Book II)
. Wipf and Stock Publishers . Eugene, OR
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Here is an extra copy of this paperback. Originally published in 1981 by Herald Press of Scottdale, PA and Kitchener, Ontario, this book is now reprinted by Wipf and Stock. It contains twenty-seven folk tales gathered by a missionary who has worked extensively in Zaire. The T of C is unusual in that it, like that in Book I (1978/99), gives after each title the topic addressed in the story and the time it takes to read the story. I have read the first seven. The most interesting of these for me is Why the Wasp Has a Small Waist (29). It is a cumulative detective story tracing why some workers came to work at midnight. The employer questions each person in the chain of perhaps ten phases of cause and effect. Again, the illustrations are varied, simple, and not to my taste. The stories are again heavy on aetiology and moralizing, buttressed yet again with scripture references.