What fairy-tales about Africa are the most interesting for children? What books tell about life in African villages? Read the article to lean the list.
Top children's books
Bernard Stonehouse – Lion king: Life in Savanna
One of the most perfectly illustrated African fiction books for children acquaints the readers with life of the African lion. The fascinating story told by remarkable scientist-ecologist Bernard Stonehouse will help to look on the world with eyes at first of young lion, then an adult animal – the king of pride and, at last, the dying lion who is forced out from family by younger and strong rival. With it, the reader will be helped also by the magnificent sketches of the famous animalist John Francis fixing the most important moments of life of the animal.
Rudyard Kipling – The Jungle Book
This is one of the most popular African story books. It consists of two parts. Some of stories narrate about Mowgli, about his life in the jungle among wild animals. At two-year age, the little son of the woodcutter is lost in the jungle. The lame tiger Cher-Hang pursues him and wants to make it his food. The child crawls to den of wolves. The father and Mother wolves accept him in the family and protect from Cher-Hang. They name him Mowgli – 'young frog'. On council of pack of wolves is bear Balu, training wolf cubs of the law of jungle and black panther Bagheera, who pays pack for that she hasn't given the kid to Cher-Hang, say that it is allowed to Mowgli to live among wolves.
Mind and courage of Mowgli allow him to survive and get stronger in difficult living conditions in the jungle. Balu, Bagheera, boa Kaa, the leader of wolves Akela become his friends and patrons. In his life there is a set of adventures, he learns to talk in language of all inhabitants of the jungle, and it saves his life more than once.
Rudyard Kipling – Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
The list of children's books is continued with other book of the same author. The mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is a main character of the story written by Rudyard Kipling. It happened so that small Ricky-Tikki-Tavi stayed alone, without parents and have got to family of people, which has sheltered and loved him. A brave mongoose together with birdie and rat save people from cobras and kill cubs of snakes for the sake of rescue of their friends.
Penda Diakite and Baba Wague Diakite – I Lost My Tooth in Africa
This book can be referred to genre of Africa travel books tells story of the little girl from America, who loses her tooth, visiting Mali together with her family. In exchange for tooth, the girl gets two chickens from the African Tooth fairy as a present. This work will become one of the most favorite books for your children of preschool age.
Maya Angelou and Margaret Courtney-Clarke – My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken
The story in this book is kept through playful poetic form on behalf of the girl Thandi from the tribe of Ndebele, which lives in South Africa. Photos, which are provided in this book force Thandi's worlds to recover. They include remarkable portraits of Thandi and other women from the tribe of Ndebele, children in traditional clothes and jewelry, and also amazing photos of colorful buildings.
Elizabeth Alalou, Ali Alalou, and Julie Klear Essakalli – The Butter Man
Heroes of this book became the girl Nora who makes a dinner, and her grandfather. He tells her story of his childhood in Morocco. In one of years when rains didn't approach, the family of the grandfather had not enough food. Every day he sat and waited for the person with butter, hoping for a small amount of it to smear on bread. When the history and a dinner of the grandfather are finished, Nora sits down to delightful food with new feeling of gratitude.
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Mary Chamberlin, Rich Chamberlain, and Julia Cairns – Mama Panya’s Pancakes
In this playful story, mother and her son go to the market to buy flour and pepper to make pancakes for dinner. On the way, the son invites a lot of his friends to join them for eating of pancakes, ignoring preventions of mother that quantities of food to feed all will be insufficiently. Footnotes to this story contain information about country lifestyle in Kenya, and the recipe of pancakes, which were cooked by mother.
Claire Nivola – Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
This is one of four illustrated African books, which are recently written by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai. He has made efforts to restore forests in Kenya and was a founder of Green Belt. In this book the author clearly and fascinatingly tells life story of Wangari and explains the value of planting the trees. This book is suitable for young readers who would like to know more details about life and the nature of this region.
Margy Burns Knight and Anne Sibley O'Brien – Africa Is Not A Country
This book shows a variety of the African continent, describing everyday life in some of its fifty-three countries. It is one of the most fascinating African history books for your children. The edition is filled with illustrations that will make process of studying of culture and history of the continent more fascinating.