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The Night Has Ears: African Proverbs

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Ashley Bryan says, "My mother had a proverb for any situation, attitude, or event." Many of us have had the same experience. But have you ever heard, "As a crab walks, so walk its children" or "A log may lie in the water for ten years, but it will never become a crocodile"? These are two of the twenty-six African proverbs Ashley Bryan has chosen to illustrate in this book. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Every child should be taught to become an aficionado of the art form called the proverb. Many people are introduced to this art form via the 31 chapters of Proverbs in the Bible.

Solomon, in his wisdom, collected humanity's wisdom from lands, near and far, so that he could take advantage of everyone's hard-won learning. Crowdsourcing before crowdsourcing was cool, Solomon aggregated human learning into his own collection of pithy sayings passed down to us this day. The wisdom contained therein s
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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A Jean Karl book illustrated by Ashley Bryan, "The Night Has Ears: African Proverbs" compiles 26 African proverbs--each one credited to a specific tribe. Each individual beautifully illustrated pages add emphasis to the proverb to which it belongs. For example, a picture of people in dancing near a drum is a depiction of the following Ashanti proverb: "If you cannot dance, you will say, the drumming is poor". A wonderful book for discussion in curriculum for young adults, or to be read aloud wit ...more
Dec 11, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 1-2
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This is an interesting book on African proverbs. It provides quotes from all different resources and I love the book because of it's illustrations and it is very applicable to teaching internationally which is what I desire to do. It could alos lead into a poetry unit.
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A beautiful collection of humor and wisdom.
In the hands of the right reader, this can be a lovely text to share with children.
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A collection of twenty-six proverbs, some serious and some humorous, from a variety of African tribes.
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Amusng, thought provoking African proverbs with illustrations like stained glass windows.
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Ashley Bryan is an illustrator, children's author, and poet.

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