Story Time

Celebrate Black History Month - February
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Pre-school • Schoolage
Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain : a Nandi tale by:Verna Aardema
A cumulative rhyme relating how Ki-pat brought rain to the drought-stricken Kapiti Plain.
A story, a story : an African tale by: Gail E. Haley
Recounts how most African folk tales came to be called "Spider Stories."
Anansi and the talking melon by:Eric A. Kimmel
A clever spider tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.
Why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears : a West African tale by:retold by Verna Aardema
Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.
Mama Panya's pancakes : a village tale from Kenya by:Mary and Richard Chamberlin
Mama Panya has just enough money to buy ingredients for a few pancakes, so when her son Adika invites all their friends to join them, she is sure there will not be enough to go around.
Emeka's gift : an African counting story by:Ifeoma Onyefulu
This is a concept book to teach and delight. As a young African boy travels to visit his grandmother, he passes through the village market, where he sees lots of things Granny would like.
Papa, do you love me? by:Barbara M. Joosse
When a Masai father in Africa answers his son's questions, the boy learns that his father's love for him is unconditional.
Nanta's lion : a search-and-find adventure by:Suse MacDonald
A Masai child is curious to see the lion that her father and the other villagers are hunting.
Masai and I by:Virginia Kroll
Linda, a little girl who lives in the city, learns about East Africa and the Masai in school, and imagines what her life might be like if she were Masai.
Too much talk by:Angela Shelf Medearis
A retelling of a traditional West African tale about a king who refuses to believe that yams, fish, and cloth can talk until his throne agrees with him.
King of another country by:Fiona French.
A young African drummer learns the difference between extremes and moderation when the King of the Forest teaches him to say "yes" instead of "no."
Make potato "Mud Cloth" Prints

How to make a potato print -
History, Origin and Significance of Mud Cloth
by Kimberly Michelle Jones, Africana Graduate Student, Cornell University

Bogolanfini (?Bo-ho-lahn-FEE-nee?), which translates as ?mud cloth? is a long established tradition among the Bamana, a Mande speaking people who inhabit a large area to the east and north of Bamako in Mali1. The origin of this cloth is believed to lie in the Beledougou region of central Mali. Hand woven and hand-dyed mudcloth uses a centuries old process using numerous applications of various plant juices/teas and mud to dye hand woven cotton cloth2.

Traditionally, Bamana women made the mud cloth3Bogolonfin, for Bamana women, has always been an essential component in the marking of major life transitions, such as birth, marriage, and death. Bogolanfini is a living art form, with techniques and motifs passed down from generations of mothers to daughters4.
Each piece of mudcloth tells a story. No two pieces are alike and each pattern and color combination has a meaning6. The symbols, arrangements, color as well as shape of the mudcloth reveal secrets. The mudcloth is also used to define a person?s social status, character or occupation7. Bogolanfini is an expression of Malian national identity and a symbol of belonging to African culture.

Create your own mudcloth via the net.