Reviews for How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? : An African Folktale


Booklist Reviews 2012 September #2
Prepare to be whisked away to foreign lands in the Folktales from around the World series. Each title presents a story native to a particular country or continent through simple text (which begins with "Once upon a time" or "Many years ago") and illustrations that stylistically represent the culture. In the African folktale How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?, a vain leopard asks various animals--including a tortoise, a monkey, and an eagle--to count his spots, but none can keep track or count high enough until Jackal comes up with a solution. A world map, with the featured country highlighted and labeled, appears at the end of each entry along with a one-page afterword that explains common characteristics of folktales, from the prevalence of magical elements to their moralistic nature, as well as basic country facts. A nice introduction to the oral storytelling tradition for both classroom settings and one-on-one sharing. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Library Media Connection Reviews 2013 August/September
These easy-to-read books retell worldwide folktales in a child-friendly manner. Colorful illustrations, along with monochromatic illustrations, add to the narration. At the end of each book is a discussion of folktales in general and the specific folktale, including a question for further discussion. These tales will be useful in literature and social studies courses; they can be used to focus on a specific culture or tale or to compare and contrast narrative styles between cultures. Lacking is a glossary or introductory material. All readers will benefit from this exposure to folktales, particularly when tying literature across the curriculum Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Contributing Faculty, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota [Editor's Note: Available in e-book format.] RECOMMENDED Copyright 2012 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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