Kid’s Book Review: African & Caribbean Folktales, Myths & Legends

Kid’s Book Review: African & Caribbean Folktales, Myths & Legends

About the Book and Author

This is a collection of folktales, myths and legends from all over Africa and the Caribbean, re-told for young readers by storyteller Wendy Shearer. It is published by Scholastic.

From the trickster tales of Anansi the spider, to the story of how the leopard got his spots; from the tale of the king who wanted to touch the moon, to Aunt Misery’s magical starfruit tree. This book includes traditional favourites and classic folktales and mythology.

African Caribbean Folk Tales cover
Wendy Shearer

Wendy Shearer is a Professional Storyteller and Writer who tells folktales, myths and traditional tales to children and adults. Her style of storytelling is very participatory where she encourages all ages (from babies upwards) to get involved with bringing the stories to life. Sharing stories and folklore is a wonderful social activity where those listening can imagine each image created by the teller who breathes life into word. She’s an active member of the Society for Storytelling, supporting and promoting the ancient oral tradition of storytelling.  You can find out more about the other book ssh has written on her website.

Book Review

Each tale inspired me and made me think about the world we live in and each character painted a new image in my head

I loved this book, mainly due to the wonderful variety of stories. Each tale inspired me and made me think about the world we live in and each character painted a new image in my head.

As the name suggests, the stories are from Africa and the Caribbean. The book was divided into sections about different types of story, such as magic and mystery or trickster tales. Some tales taught me a lesson but others made me laugh – meaning there would be a story for everyone.

The description of the stories made me imagine bright, beautiful landscapes and transported me to lands far away from London. All the characters – whether they were leopards or lions, or good little girls or gods – all learnt something and every single story provoked an emotion inside me.

I recommend this to anyone who wants to enjoy a good book!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Kirsten
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: swimming , netball and writing stories
  • Dislikes: cream (on its own) and unkindness
  • Favourite Book: currently reading Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
  • Favourite Song: Get Down from Six (the musical)
  • Favourite Film: The Hobbit