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African Folklore
Submitted by: Cody Blume, Tomball
Audience
• Schoolage
Books
Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa by:Gerald McDermott
Zomo the Rabbit, in his quest for wisdom, uses trickery fulfill the Sun God's tasks.
Anansi and the Talking Melon by:Eric Kimmel
A clever spider tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.
Abiyoyo by:Pete Seeger
Banished from the town for making mischief, a little boy and his father are welcomed back when they find a way to make the dreaded giant Abiyoyo disappear.
Songs
Craft
Kente Cloth/patterns: Give each child a placemat size piece of cheap cotton cloth. Using tempera paint and various stamps and sponges, have the children decorate their material with patterns like those found in traditional kente cloth. Note: This works well with small groups (less than 10); however, the painting can easily get out of hand with larger crowds. For larger groups, have the children glue small pieces of brightly colored construction paper onto a large sheet of paper to create the same kente cloth designs.