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West Indian Folk-Tales

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As a child, Philip Sherlock loved to listen to folk tales. Since then he has made a significant contribution to Caribbean folklore by recording many of them in print for the first time.
Here are fables of the birds and animals of the West Indies: jaguar, snake, crested curassow, wild pig, parrot, wise owl, and of Anansi--the spider who can assume human form.
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 30th 1988 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published December 1st 1983)
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Andrew
Feb 14, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
What struck me about these stories is the similarity between traditional folk tales in different parts of the world. I grew up, of course, with British or European stories, whereas these stories are either of Carib or African origin. Yet many of them sounded familiar, not in the specifics but in the general themes -- explaining the world and how things came to be the way they are, through stories with animals as characters illustrating different aspects of human behaviour.

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Dayna Smith
A charming selection of Caribbean folk tales that include fables of the birds and animals of the West Indies: including Anansi, the spider. Twenty-one selections from the Arawak and the Carib people, and from the Ashanti people of West Africa. A great introduction to folk tales and legends.
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Shelves: fantasy, mythology
My first intro to Anansi! Nowadays, I might like a better historical intro, but that is par for the course for fairy books.
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