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Misoso: Once Upon a Time Tales from Africa

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Illustrated in full color. From Angola to Zanzibar, this treasury is as varied and bountiful as Africa itself!  Master storyteller Verna Aardema retells 12 tales of justice and revenge, greed and generosity, sly trickery, and off-the-wall silliness with her trademark humor and flair.  Nearly 50 illustrations vibrantly reflect the spirit of these read-aloud delights, while ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published September 13th 1994 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jodie Greene
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a traditional literature book because it contains 12 stories, fables, and pourquoi tales from Africa. It includes some background information and a map showing the regions where each story originated. The author includes a glossary before each story that contains African words from the story translated into English. There is also an afterword with each story that explains the African history and tradition of the story. This book contains colorful illustrations that enhances and help ...more
We liked this collection of 'creation' type stories. Each is short enough that you can read one or two a day. Good selection from various countries with a map showing where each story is from.
May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written and beautifully illustrated children's book. The stories take you to magical places,and the illustrations are eye-catching and memorable. Highly recommended.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun, sometimes very witty, short stories with nice illustrations.
Katie Bathke
This book is full of fairytales from Africa. This book would also be very good to use in a lesson about different cultures and their version of fairytales. This book is a very long book so would not recommend reading it to lower elementary students. The artistry of the book is very colorful which makes you think of African culture as being very colorful. It gives the reader an image of what the African culture is like. There are also very dark pictures. Painted pictures that remind me of art wor ...more
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I really like how in the first couple pages it has a map of Arica on it. The map would be a good idea for teaching your students what Africa looks like. This book is really long and has a table of contents on the first page for you to be able to pick out what section you would like to read. The pictures are very enjoyable with vibrant colors on every page. How they are done up you can tell it is about African cultural. My eyes just go straight to the pictures just because of how they are all do ...more
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Jackson Matthews
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We are going to read everything by this author. The stories are fun and educational and the children love them.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's all good - the stories, the illustrations, and the historical and rich cultural background information that is found at the end of each story. Very well done!
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Beautiful illustrations and lovely stories.
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Verna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen (6 June 1911 – 11 May 2000), best known by the name Verna Aardema, was an American author of children's books.

Born in New Era, Michigan she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. of Journalism in 1934. She worked as a grade school teacher from 1934 to 1973 and became a correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle in 1951, which lasted until 1972, the year