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Folktales from Africa… A GiveAway…

March 18th, 2015 · 20 Comments

It is library week over here and for a couple of weeks we have been asking our readers to help us to build a library – book by book, for children who don’t have access to books. Well we really want to thank you all for your fabulous contributions, that just keep on rolling in, and so we thought we would bring you a Giveaway…

Folktales from Africa – A GiveAway

Folktales from Africa, Retold by Dianne Stewart and illustrated by Marjorie Van Heerden: Is a delightful book for children, filled with twenty folktales from all over Africa. The tales are divided into people groups and there is a fact file page for each group. These are stories that have been passed down from generation to generation, and word of mouth carries them on down through time. I firmly believe that a cultural literacy is an important building block in our children’s world of books. Books like these are important in helping young people discover the world that they live in. Certainly for children from Africa these folktales will have a special ring to them as they hear words and names, not to mention whole stories that they have heard told before, these stories will be familiar and comfortable… ready to be read again and again. And just as our children are intrigued by stories from distant lands, these stories will be intriguing to children from further afield.


There is a pleasant mixture of fact and fiction… the fact pages are really just a page of interesting snippets, and they are dropped in, every few pages to change the rhythm of the book, and keep easily distracted readers intrigued. The facts include a little bit of history, quite a bit of geography, a mention of famous people and cultural activities. The illustrations are engaging and delightful, colourful and filled with interesting things to look at while you are reading. I thought this book would make a good edition to our school this year, and began reading a story a day at the lunch table. And then, one of the gang claimed it as their own and it is firmly on the bedtime pile, which means it is essentially a “read over and over” kind of a book.

The GiveAway

So we have a copy of this book to GiveAway to a lucky reader. This GiveAway works in the usual way, leave a comment before the end of play on 24 March, 2015 and tell us “your child’s favourite book right now.” We will draw and publish the winners in the Friday Fun Post after that. I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.

Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and happy commenting!!!

We would like to to thank Penguin Random House, for providing us with a review copy of this book and one for a GiveAway. This is not a sponsored post, we were not paid to write it and the opinions expressed are as usual our own.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Cheryl // Mar 18, 2015 at 6:21 am

    This looks like a lovely book! We spent 7 months living in SA last year and loved every moment of it! We would love to keep our memories alive with this collection of folktales.

  • 2 ChrisH // Mar 18, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Lovely looking book! We are currently hooked on ‘The Flying Bath’ by Julia Donaldson
    ChrisH´s last blog post ..Thankfulness

  • 3 Karen // Mar 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Benedict Blathwayt’s Little Red Train books are on constant repeat here right now. So many things to spot!

  • 4 Nikki // Mar 18, 2015 at 8:41 am

    My boys’ favorite book at the moment is the flying bathtub by julia donaldson.

  • 5 Cassey // Mar 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Currently he has us reading Monkey Puzzle and Toddle Waddle by Julia Donaldson to him over and over.
    Cassey´s last blog post ..The author who started it all

  • 6 Wendy Johannes // Mar 18, 2015 at 8:52 am

    This looks like a lovely book! My daughter loves going to our local library on Saturday morning. Her favourite books are the “Maisy Mouse” books by Lucy Cousins.

  • 7 Susan // Mar 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    My favorite book is I Knew you could by Craig Dorfman

  • 8 Claire // Mar 18, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Looks like a lovely book to add to our growing library. Our favourites at the moment are Uncle Wiggily’s Storybook for my 5 year old and the How to Train a dragon series for my 8 year old.

  • 9 aunty muffin // Mar 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This looks perfect for my grandson, who is departing soon from Africa. Too hard to choose one favourite!

  • 10 Liesl // Mar 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    my kids currently love Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

  • 11 Tiffany W. // Mar 18, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Our favorite around here is Press Here by Herve Tullet. 🙂 (The cover drawing on the book you are giving away already has me wanting to read it.)

  • 12 Emily // Mar 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Favourite books in this house at the moment? Well, 14yo likes the Brotherband Chronicles, 12yo likes the Swallows and Amazons series, 7yo is reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and 5yo likes the Thomas the Tank Engine books (the original ones, which were handed down from a friend of a friend! Well loved!).

  • 13 Paige // Mar 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    our favorite book to be read over and over right now is Theres a Wocket in my Pocket.

  • 14 Marcia (123 blog) // Mar 18, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Mine read the Bble (we have 3 – 4 versions; they are finally into the one I picked about a month after they were born – i remember because that visit to the bookshop was our “date” while the grannies babysat) and then another book.

    Every single night they ask for “Naughty Amelia Jane” so D popped by Readers Warehouse yesterday to buy another Amelia Jane. Connor is obsessed with Naughty Amelia Jane.
    Marcia (123 blog)´s last blog post ..5 things I’m loving at the moment

  • 15 Stephanie // Mar 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    My daughter is turning 2 soon and i love to read her books before bedtime at the moment our favorite is One,two,Three Oops!

  • 16 Sanna // Mar 19, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    We have many books we love including Julia Donaldson ones, but we are enjoying one we got out the library last week called “What to do if an elephant stands on your foot”

  • 17 Anita // Mar 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    My boys’ current favourite is probably ‘The Book with No Pictures’. They think it is hilarious.

  • 18 Katja // Mar 21, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Our favourite books are currently: 1.
    Peter Klepec (author : France Bevk, it is a Slovene book), 2.: Jutta Langreuter: Capitan Sharky and 3. Eric Hill : Where is the Spot? But every second we change our favourites…we just love books.

  • 19 MrsFF // Mar 22, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    We don’t have one favorite as yet but I’m happy my daughter loves books. And that bed time doesn’t seem complete until we read one of our three board books – now I lay me down to sleep, thank you Lord and Jesus loves me! Books that double as prayers – the best
    MrsFF´s last blog post ..Silent Sunday…

  • 20 Se7en's Fabulous Fun Post #268... - se7en | se7en // Mar 29, 2015 at 3:17 am

    […] by Dianne Stewart and illustrated by Marjorie Van Heerden: We reviewed this book last week and I loved reading through the comments about the books the kids of our readers are reading and loving right […]

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