The Cow-Tail Switch and Other West African Stories

17 stories make up this unique collection of folktales brought to life by illustrations throughout the text.

“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. Sometimes they are just tall tales. There are stories about Frog, Rabbit, Turtle, Guinea Fowl, and all the other animals that West Africans know. Some of the stories make you think. Some make you laugh.

Here are some of the stories of the people of the forests, the seacoast, the hills, and the plains.

The people of West Africa give them to you.” Paperback.


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