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Hyena and Monkey

by Mulualem Daba African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Who will solve the dispute between Hyena and Monkey? (A version of this story was collected from Bale and originally narrated by Mohammed Kuyu in Oromo. An English version was written by Elizabeth Laird.).


Cassava and Palm

by Divine Apedo, Elizabeth Nkrumah, Georgina Abbey African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The reason why fufu is eaten with palm nut soup.


Rooster and Leopard

by Yikii Kubbi Emmanuel African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Rooster was king of the animals until the leopards discovered his trick.


Anansi and Vulture

by Ghanaian folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Anansi is poor, but his friend Rabbit is a prosperous farmer. Anansi is jealous, and finds a way to take over his friend’s farm. He makes a lot of money selling Rabbit's fruit and vegetables. But one day on...


Jealous Anansi

by Ghanaian folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Anansi's jealousy caused him to remain poor.


Anansi, the Crows, and the Crocodiles

by Ghanaian folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Greedy Anansi tries to trick his friends the crows into giving him more than his fair share of figs. The crows uncover his tricks and abandon him on an island. He tries to fly, but lands in the river among hungry...


Elephant's nose

by Judith Baker, Lorato Trok African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Why does the elephant have a long nose?


Namorutunga

by Simon Ipoo African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Namoratunga in Turkana, Kenya, is an ancient site of 19 stone pillars. This story explains how those stones came to be at the site.


People who forgot

by Edwin Irabor African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A certain village is at risk until a new leader comes along. (This story was created at a Story Making Workshop in Abuja, 2018, co-hosted by African Storybook and the British Council Nigeria).


Hare and Hyena

by Mutugi Kamundi African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Although they are friends, Hare benefits from Hyena's stupidity. But no matter how clever Hare is, he will not be able to fool Hyena forever.


Animals Dig a Well

by Um conto tradicional dos Manyungwes de Moçambique African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The rain has not fallen for a whole year. There is not a drop of water to be found. How do the animals solve this water problem?


Goat and Hyena's Knife

by Wekunya Cornelius African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Goat borrowed Hyena's knife, and she is still looking for it.


Eagle's Needle

by Jaco Jacobs African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Hen loses Eagle's family heirloom. (This story was donated by LAPA Publishers.).


Maguru Gives legs

by Mutugi Kamundi African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Maguru decides to give legs to all animals so they can enjoy walking like people.


How Zebra Got His Stripes

by Jaco Jacobs African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Brave Zebra saves the day. (This story was donated by LAPA Publishers.).


The Rain Bird

by Joanne Bloch (retold folktale) African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

There lived a beautiful bird deep in the forest, a bird that made the rain fall.


Anansi Gives People Stories

by Ghanaian folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Long ago, the sky god kept all stories locked up in a wooden box. People asked clever Anansi to ask the sky god for the stories. The sky god agreed, but only if Anansi performed three seemingly impossible tasks....


Upside Down World

by William Gumede African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The sun decides to stay up long after bedtime, and the world is turned upside-down.


Monkey and the Drought

by Alice Edui African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Monkey leaves her home in the hills because of severe drought and finds paradise elsewhere.


Chicken and Millipede

by Winny Asara African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Chicken and Millipede have a very competitive friendship. One day Chicken gets so cross about losing that she does something very silly.


The Kingfisher and the Sea

by Peter Omoko African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Why does the kingfisher bird refuse to leave the river bank? (This story was created at a Story Making Workshop in Abuja, 2018, co-hosted by African Storybook and the British Council Nigeria).


The Baboons That Went This Way and That

by Traditional African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

People in a small village move to the hills to escape wild animals. They learn to survive on fruit and roots. They begin to look and behave like apes. The baboon families cannot live together anymore.


Beloved daughter

by Ritah Katetemera, Mulongo Bukheye African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Natabo's favourite pot is broken, and she is so upset that she runs away to the forest. (Also available at Level 3.).


How Ant Saved Dove

by Judith Baker, Kholeka Mabeta African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The land is dry and Little Ant is very thirsty. He goes to the river for a drink and is swept away.


How Tortoise's Nose Became Crooked

by Taiwo Ẹhinẹni African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This story has a strong moral for us that is good advice!


Lazy Anansi

by Ghanaian folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The reason why spiders have long thin legs. (Also available at Level 4.).


Akai's Special Mat

by Ursula Nafula African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This young Turkana girl grows up with a most unusual and remarkable mat.


Anansi and Wisdom

by Ghanaian folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The sky god decides to give Anansi the spider a pot of wisdom. He is so excited by all he learns from looking into it that he wants to hide it in a tree so that he can keep it all to himself. Unfortunately for...


Jackal and the Sun

by Traditional San story African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Lazy Jackal falls in love with the sun and wants to take her home to meet his father. They set off on the journey with Jackal carrying the sun on his back, but they don't get very far.


Young Palinyang’

by Gaspah Emukuru Juma African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

One day while Palinyang' and the other boys are out grazing cattle it starts to rain. The boys take shelter, and when the rain stops the cattle have wandered away. Palingyang' goes in search of the animals.


Trickster Hare

by Dan Kaasha African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Hare is playing tricks again! Read the story and find out.


The Blacksmith's Dilemma

by Ugandan folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A local chief summoned a famous blacksmith to his palace. The chief wanted the blacksmith to build a real man out of steel, one who could cry tears, and bleed human blood. The blacksmith was alarmed by the chief's...


The race

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Who will win if snail and rabbit have a race?


Rabbit goes to a party

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This story is about what happens when you go to a party and get drunk. Or is it?


The staring game

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This time Rabbit is out-witted!


Tortoise Finds His House

by Maya Fowler African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Tortoise is searching for his house. Do you know where he'll find it?


Monkey and Crocodile

by Mozambican folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Crocodiles are dangerous, but are they smart?


How night came to Opio's village

by Robert Ekuka African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

There is no night time in Opio's village. One day he goes hunting and arrives at a place he doesn't know. When night falls there, Opio thinks he has gone blind. Then he discovers the truth and likes night so...


Refiloe and the Washed Chickens

by Marion Drew African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Refiloe's sister is getting married. Refiloe's chickens are very dirty and she decides to wash them for the wedding. The chickens do not like being washed. Refiloe cannot find her chickens when it is time for...


Hyena, Hare and Their Basins

by Charles Katiwa Kiema African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

If a basin can give birth, then it is a living thing. All living things can die. (Also available at Level 4.).


Beloved daughter

by Ritah Katetemera, Mulongo Bukheye African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Natabo's favourite pot is broken, and she is so upset that she runs away to the forest. (Also available at Level 3.).


The Seventh Sun: A Tribal Tale From Odisha, India

by Indian Folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

There was a time when there were seven suns in the sky.


Lion's Fire Sticks (Level 5)

by Traditional San story African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

In the beginning of time only the lion had the power of fire, using his fire sticks. The other animals and people decide they also want the benefits of fire, and make plans to steal the fire sticks.


Hyena and Raven

by Ann Nduku African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Hyena wants to know what the white mark is at the back of Raven’s neck. On hearing that it is meat, he also wants to be able to fly into the clouds to get this 'meat'. He succeeds in flying, but it doesn't...


Why Fly Pesters Cow

by Jaco Jacobs African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A tiny animal with an irritating buzz!


Children of wax

by Southern African Folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Once there was a family with three very obedient children. The problem was that they were made of wax.


Lion and Warthog

by South African Folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

Warthog frees Lion from a hunter's trap. What does Lion do in return?


King of the Birds

by Traditional African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

The birds want a king, but they have difficulty choosing. They decide that the bird that can fly highest will be made king. The African Vulture thinks he has won the contest, but a tiny bird tricks him. Do the...


Baby and cranes

by South African Folktale African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

A group of cranes sees a crying baby and they decide to take the baby away with them.


The Tree Wife

by Traditional African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

An old man has everything he wants – except a wife. So he carves one for himself out of a tree.