A Pride of African Tales
Donna L. Washington. Amistad Press, $18.99 (80pp) ISBN 978-0-06-024929-8
Professional storyteller Donna L. Washington brings to life six traditional stories from several African nations in A Pride of African Tales, illus. by James Ransome, including Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Congo. She includes a strong range of selections, from a well-known trickster tale of Anansi (about a greedy young prince who desires to possess the moon and a talking skull, and which teaches a lesson on keeping one's mouth shut) to a lesser-known ""taboo story"" called ""The Wedding Basket,"" a graceful story of a rich man who does not respect his wife's wishes and loses her. Ransome's lush watercolor paintings make the African settings seem palpable.
Reviewed on: 01/01/2004