Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales


Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales
Hachette Audio, 2009. Audiobook.

Winner of a 2010 Audie award for best audiobook, this recording of African folktales features fine storytelling in a good cause - a benefit for South African children orphaned and otherwise impacted by HIV/AIDS. Luminaries such as Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Hugh Jackman, Forest Whitaker, and Alfre Woodard donated time and talent to the project. The stories themselves are a mixed bag, some more interesting than others, and some better told, but on the whole, this is a good introduction to African folk tales for families. Pair it with the book of the same title for evocative artwork and a follow-along option.

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