The Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories

The Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories

Harold Courlander Madye Lee Chastain George Herzog / Feb 16, 2020

The Cow Tail Switch And Other West African Stories The stories of West Africa are about men and animals about kings warriors and hunters They tell about clever people and stupid people about good ones and bad ones about how things and animals got

  • Title: The Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories
  • Author: Harold Courlander Madye Lee Chastain George Herzog
  • ISBN: 9780805002980
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stories of West Africa are about men and animals, about kings, warriors, and hunters They tell about clever people and stupid people, about good ones and bad ones, about how things and animals got to be how they are Some stories in this book will make you think Some will make you laugh All of them are retold with folk spirit full of generosity and vitality.

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    1. Read for Newbury, would not have picked it up otherwise, would have missed a fun & enlightening read. Concise, a fast and enjoyable read, with lovely pictures. The notes and the vibe make it feel authentic and respectful, and I have seen some of the stories in more modern books, so I trust this as appropriate. The K-word just shows up in the notes as an alternate term for the 'corn' in the story, so I see that as no problem.I will keep and reread this book. I would love to teach it in conjun [...]


    2. An excellent collection of West African folk tales, told in spare but clear prose, eminently readable and tellable, and appropriate for a wide range of ages, child to adult. This edition is notable also for its excellent notes and useful pronunciation guide, which is an invaluable guide for anyone who is interested in reading the stories aloud and/or telling them with any kind of authenticity and awareness of their socio-cultural provenance. Courlander's collections remain some of the finest to [...]


    3. Could have been jazzed up a little but I liked the stories reminded me of reading the Grimm's fairy tales in German before they were jazzed up.



    4. This was a thrilling find from the thrift shop, but it didn't satisfy me the way King's Drum and Other African Stories did. The Anansi stories were the type in which the trickster gets tricked, and overall too many of the stories were about people being foolish, and instead of learning something wise, they simply were shamed into realizing they were foolish. The edition I read is a recent one, but the book was originally published in 1947, and was awarded the Newbery honor for that year. It does [...]


    5. this book is about stories,it is folktailsthe writer of the book isi choose this book because i wanted to learn about west african stories.i also wanted to learn more about them so i thought they reading about there stories could help me.i liked this book because there are very funny stories.i think the type of reader that would like to read this book is a person who loves to learn about other people or a person who loves stories.


    6. Out of these stories I only read "Kaddo's Wall".It was a simple story with an easy to understand moral. Since it was short, it didn't go much into detail about anything. The story did get its point across though, with the moral being about being kind to others and sharing what you have, because you never know when you might need there help. I enjoyed this story, its interesting and easy to understand. I felt like it could have been longer though and gone into more detail.


    7. I read the story "Talk". It was about a man who was picking yams and the yam told him to not dig him up. Soon a bunch of things were talking to this man (cow, palm tree, branch, rock). Because of this he ran. People questioned him, but soon things were talking to them too. Finally the chief stopped them and questioned them. He claimed they were mad, so he sent them back to work. Then his stool talked to him. The end.


    8. I love folktales. They tell so much about the culture that spawned them. In this book, we see the variety of tribal cultures of West Africa. We have a glimpse into their world of language barriers, hunting expositions, social pride, and humor. They are delightful to read and a fantastic learning tool in Language Arts and Social Studies.


    9. Easy and fun to read, but being folk tales, most weren't very engaging. I did like Throw Mountains. It was basically a tall tale. The title story was good too. Anansi's Fishing Expedition was good too.


    10. The stories are definitely off the beaten path and in my opinion quite lame, but they are less stupid than those found in 'Tales from Silver Lands.' One thing I did like was that the author included where and when all the various stories came from.


    11. Interesting book, in many ways resembles Aesop's Fables. There also is some source information for the tales at the back of the book.


    12. I read it because it was a Newbery book. The stories were good, but I think they'd be better in an illustrated book. It is very dated, but shows how people felt in a different era.


    13. There were tales I loved and tales I didn't, like the poor frog who only wanted to thank people. All things considered, I think it balanced to a middle of the line three for me.


    14. AR Quiz No. 30655 EN FictionAccelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 4.8 - AR Pts: 3.0Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP




    15. I've always liked fables, so this was a fun book to read. It lost a star for pictures inappropriate for children.


    16. one of my favorite books of all time. so many memories of reading this book as a young naive and imaginative child



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