The Cow-Tail Switch (Paperback)
And Other West African Stories
Square Fish, 9780312380069, 160pp.
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
"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."
About the Author
George Herzog (1901-1983) was a musicologist and anthropologist specializing in Native American music. Like Courlander, he was intent on preserving the heritage of people, particularly through their music.
Madye Lee Chastain (1908-1989) wrote 17 children's books and illustrated many more.
Praise For The Cow-Tail Switch: And Other West African Stories…
“The seventeen stories, mostly gathered in the Ashanti country, are fresh to collections and are told with humor and originality.” —The Horn Book Magazine
“An unusually fine collection of folk tales told simply, directly, and with beauty.” —School Library Journal