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Favorite African Folktales (Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  552 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
Mandela, a Nobel Laureate for Peace, has selected these thirty-two tales with the specific hope that Africa's oldest stories, as well as a few new ones, be perpetuated by future generations and be appreciated by children throughout the world. In these "beloved stories, morsels rich with the gritty essence of Africa," we meet, among many others, a Kenyan lion named Simba, a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 17th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published November 17th 2002)
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Ler com Lobos
Feb 19, 2017 Ler com Lobos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apaixonei-me por esta nova edição assim que os meus olhos lhe caíram em cima.
Sem sequer ainda saber que o seu interior combinava perfeitamente com o exterior!

Manchando as páginas de forma delicada estão ilustrações e pequenos detalhes.
A cada nova fábula, uma pequena descrição é-nos dada sobre a sua origem.
Igualmente úteis e interessantes são, já no final, as informações sobre os autores.
Sinceramente só achei falta de um mapa para me ir situando mais facilmente à medida que lia (sei que outras ed
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Do not read this, listen to it.

Besides the veritable buffet of Hollywood A-listers from various ethnic backgrounds providing narrations, there's beautiful music and songs in the interludes between stories and in the stories themselves. I've derived much enjoyment from the imaginative and enthusiastic performances from the narrators, most of whom possess great skills with accents. Even if you don't recognise a couple of the narrators' names, odds are you'd recognise their faces.

Whoopi Goldberg
Sep 14, 2010 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The folktales are wonderful narrative representations from many African countries including South Africa. The prize however is the audiobook loaded with many talented narrators/actors (Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Debra Messing, Helen Mirren, Parminder Nagra, Sophie Okonedo, CCH Pounder, Alan Rickman, Jurnee Smollett, Charlize Theron, Blair Underwood, Forest Whitaker, and Alfre Woodard).

Feb 12, 2014 Gauss74 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feltrinelli
Piccole storie di vita e di cibo.
Questo libro di fiabe africane è un piccolo preziosissimo dono che Nelson Mandela ci fa a fianco del dono molto più grande per cui è famoso.
Le storie seguono una struttura molto simile rispetto alle favole tradizionali che la tradizione ci ha consegnato: l'antropomorfizzazione degli animali, il forte carattere educativo e moraleggiante, lo stile e l'immaginario molto semplici e lineari.
Ma proprio questa apparente somiglianza in realtà sottolinea i punti di distac
Julia Brumfield
Dec 18, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythoi-folklore, book
This book was a GR recommendation and one that we had to request the local library to order. What attracted me to this book was Nelson Mandela first of all since he was such a great person and second of all the learning of African mythoi as there aren't many who cover the subject while with as much different ethnic and cultural groups it would be hard to find a book that can be all-inclusive of each single group found in Africa.

The special thing about this book is that although it isn't all-in
N_stefanie Akwa
It has been a long time since I have been read to by adult. It was a true pleasure being read to by the familiar, expressive voices of famous actors, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Blair Underwood, Sean Hayes, Matt Damon, Benjamin Bratt, LaVar Burton, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, and the list goes on and on. Each story ranges anywhere from four minutes to eighteen minutes, so it is easy to listen to the three CD's in short spurts. Some of the stories are more interesting than others, the majority ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, africa
What a wonderful audiobook! Many times, I feel disadvantaged by having to listen rather than read a book, but this book was a wonderful exception. The stories are all read by famous actors and actresses and there are the most beautiful songs accompanying the stories. My favorite reader was Alan Rickman. I adore his voice. I purchased the book from iTunes and it included a digital booklet with the illustrations for each story. The illustrations are also beautiful.

I've listened to many of these wi
Mar 11, 2011 Incandragon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Frankly, I have my doubt exactly how much editorial input Nelson Mandela had in this book. I also have my doubts exactly how old some of these "folktales" are ... but then, I'm not sure how old a story has to be, to qualify as a folktale. Hmm.

Nevertheless, the audio version gets points for celebrity glitteritude. The stories are narrated by: Gillian Anderson, Benjamin Bratt, LeVar Burton, Ricardo Chavira, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Samuel L. Jackson, LaTa
Jessica Harmon
Jul 11, 2014 Jessica Harmon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folklore, own-audio
This audio anthology of folktales is one of the best things I've listened to all year. I really loved all the different narrators, and the plentiful music. I also liked that the stories didn't last too long, so if you zone out for a minute to pay attention to driving you don't have to wait very long to catch the beginning of a new story.

I found it really interesting how different the stories were from what I imagined "African folk tales" to be. There are slightly more modern ones and ones that a
This is a great collection of African folktales with such beautiful illustrations!

In the beginning of the book, there is a map of Africa with a number key so that you can match each story to its African country of origin.

There are all sorts of stories contained within this book from creation stories to moral tales to stories of how certain animals came to look the way they do (spots, stripes, horns etc.).

I became interested in African folktales after I began reading Alexander McCall Smith's No.1
Jun 17, 2009 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 50books_poc, 2009
A lovely mix of folklore, creation stories, and fables from all over Africa, preserved and retold. Some of the stories lend themselves better to a more dynamic reading, and those are the most successful ones in this format; likewise, some of the actors are (much) better readers than others, but since they all donated their talents to this charity project, it seems petty to quibble. At their best, the stories are funny and magical, brought to vivid life by the narration (CCH Pounder was a standou ...more
Dec 06, 2013 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an easy listening about 3.5 hours. I loved listening to the audiobook and I suggest you get the audio version which had some interesting celebrities narrating each short tale. It’s a wonderful collection of African folk stories reminded me of the stories that I grew up listening to. Rest in peace Mandela. You will be missed!
Oct 28, 2010 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This would be a great book for children. I enjoyed the stories from a cultural perspective, more so than from a moralistic one. Obviously, the problem being that I'm a little too old for childish preaching. But, I would love to read this book to my children someday.
Enjoyable although some folktales are a bit rough. May not be suitable for young children.
The UHQ Nasanta
3 stars

Narrated by Alan Rickman, Whoopi Goldberg, Matt Damon, Parminder Nagra, Forest Whitaker, Sean Hayes, Charlize Theron, Benjamin Bratt, Scarlett Johansson, Ricardo Chavira, Debra Messing, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Hugh Jackman, Gillian Anderson, CCH Pounder, Blair Underwood, LeVar Burton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jurnee Smollett, Sophie Okonedo, Helen Mirren, and Don Cheadle.

This audiobook from comes with a PDF with illustrations, a Table of Contents, and brief information about eac
Shenice Martin
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Lady Alice
Jan 24, 2017 Lady Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meravigliose. Non si possono descrivere in altro modo.
Abdul Wando
Oct 17, 2016 Abdul Wando rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Only about 4-5 really great stories, but to be fair clearly intended for a younger audience. A fun book to read in between more serious adult ones
Diana Bogan
Apr 30, 2013 Diana Bogan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful book to share with my son and such a lucky thrift store find for us.

I really like how each tale begins with a brief description of the story's origins and cultural importance. I also appreciated the fact that each illustrator was named in the description, not just the author retelling the story, because as we progressed through the book my son was eager to jump ahead and see the illustration paired with each one. It was a joy to watch him study each image -- it was like wa
Demisha Mcclain
Nov 13, 2014 Demisha Mcclain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely loved Nelson Mandela’s favorite African Folk tales. I found this book to be very interesting and hilarious. I loved this book so much because I was able to read many folk tales in one book. As a child I don’t remember having the opportunity to hear or learn about many folk tales. I think this is a genre that can defiantly keep children interested in literature. I say that because many of the stories are filled with animals that have human characteristics as well as imagination. Thes
Dec 17, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales to be overproduced, with famous narrators and occasional song. The stories were mostly hit-and-miss. There is a brief (and nice) introduction to the collection from Bishop Tutu, but no introduction to the individual tales. I'm not looking for a college-level study, but (rather than the music) a brief paragraph of introduction for each story could have aided the listener's understanding.
22 Märchen werden auf diesen drei CDs vorgelesen, jedes von jemand Anderem. Fernseh- und TheaterschauspielerInnen wechseln sich mit eher unbekannten SprecherInnen (zumindest für mich) ab und durch die Verschiedenheit der ErzählerInnen erhält jede Geschichte einen ganz eigenen Charakter.
So unterschiedlich wie die Vortragenden sind auch die Märchen selbst. Manche spielen in kleinen afrikanischen Dörfern, eines auf hoher See und wieder andere im Orient - denn auch der gehört zu Afrika. Es geht um R
Zoe Lampman
Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales is a compilation of some of Africa's favorite ancient stories that Nelson Mandela believed should be shared with the world.Many of the stories were first recorded by San and Khoi hunter-gatherers. The stories usually involve African animals such as lions and hyenas or animal and human interactions. The folktales teach lessons about disobedience or explain the origin of people or certain features on animals, such as how animals got their tails. My favor ...more
Favorite African Folktales / Nelson Mandela (editor)
3 stars

This is pretty much what the title says: a collection of African folktales. I listened to the audio.

I don't always do well with short stories, as I often find them too short to get really interested. Combine that with an audio, where it's easy to get distracted, and I really missed a lot. I did enjoy the stories that I managed to pay attention to the majority of. Two that stood out for me were about animals and the environment (which sho
Anna [Floanne]
Bella raccolta di fiabe provenienti da tutta l'Africa centrale e meridionale. Mandela in realtà deve averne curato solo l'editing perché le storie appartengono alla tradizione popolare orale delle diverse tribù e zone geografiche e la loro trascrizione dalla forma orale è da attribuirsi a diversi antropologi e studiosi citati nella breve introduzione che accompagna ciascuna storia. In tutte vi è comunque un filo conduttore, ossia il ricorso all antropomorfismo degli animali tipici della fauna a ...more
Cel Red
Tenía muchas ganas de leer este libro, porque me gustan mucho los cuentos y porque no sabía nada de África. Hace poco, Siruela hizo un sorteo vía Twitter y que me lo gano en formato ebook.

Son 32 cuentos y no vayan a pensar que están escritos por Mandela, él más bien es el recopilador, y al principio de cada cuento viene una pequeña explicación de su origen, de quién es la versión que se publica y quién lo ilustró. Algunas ilustraciones son muy bonitas, aunque otras no lo son tanto.

En más o menos
Jesse McMorris
Dec 05, 2015 Jesse McMorris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nelson Mandelas favorite African tales is written and illustrated by Kardi Nelson. This book again is a mashup of tales from Africa which is done again. The plot is basically folktales are so kids can learn many morals and other things that help them grow as a person. The illustrations are bright but don’t have that much texture but there is a lot of use of line. The colors are so bright because for the most part that’s what people think of when they think of Africa is brighter colors. Nelson Ma ...more
Rudy Regalado
Awards: NAACP Image award for outstanding literary work

Grade Level: Ages 8-11 Grades 3-6

Summary: This book is a great collection of folktales with more than enough material to keep children busy for a long time. The tales hit many different aspects of storytelling and it is all very well done.

Review: I liked the short stories that I read out of this book and I feel like this would be a great choice for read-alongs in class. I liked some tales more than others, but overall I feel it was quite we
Let's be honest, audio books aren't my thing in general. They don't seem to hold my attention as well as written word. I tend to get super distracted and find myself contemplating everything and anything other than the story.
But this one was better than past tries, and I found it fun to listen to in the dead of the night while at work.
I don't think I'm going to turn into an audio book fiend any time soon but they might make an appearance every once in awhile.
This story itself is fun, especiall
Mar 09, 2010 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to rather than read these African tales, narrated by artists such as Matt Damon, Whoopi Golberg, and Alan Rickman. They were introduced by Desmond Tutu. I have been a storyteller and especially enjoyed the stories which seemed familiar to me, such as the story of the hare, Hlakanyana, so much like Brer Rabbit. Though you may not care for all of the tales, this audio book has much to enjoy with the variety of readers and really nice music. One of my favorite parts was Whoopi Goldberg r ...more
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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a former President of South Africa, the first to be elected in a fully representative democratic election, who held office from 1994–99.

Before his presidency, Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe. The South African courts convicted him on charges of sabotage, as well as other crimes com
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