The Night Has Ears African Proverbs (Paperback)
|Bold illustrations enhance each of the twenty-six proverbs presented in this bright picture book for children of all ages. Jr Lit Guild. *Author: Bryan, Ashley (EDT) *Subtitle: African Proverbs *Publication Date: 1999/10/01 *Binding Type: School And Library *Grade Level: 1-2 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 8.75 *Height: 10.50|
From the Publisher:
This collection of twenty-six proverbs, some serious and some humorous, have been culled from a variety of African tribes. Full color.Ashley Bryan says, "My mother had a proverb for any situation, attitude, or event." Many of us have had the same experience. But have you ever heard, "As a crab walks, so walk its children" or "A log may lie in the water for ten years, but it will never become a crocodile"? These are two of the twenty-six African proverbs Ashley Bryan has chosen to illustrate in this book.
Having grown up with proverbs, it was no surprise to Mr. Bryan when he began reading African literature to find African proverbs along with African stories. The proverbs grew out of the lives and experiences of the varied African peoples.
Each proverb here is credited to a specific tribe, yet, as Ashley Bryan explains, most were known in other tribes as well. And in fact, all are true for people everywhere. We may not see crabs often, but we understand about crab children, and even people who do not have crocodiles nearby know that they do not begin as logs. This is a book to treasure for its rich universal wisdom and its gloriously evocative illustrations.
This book, with vivid color illustrations throughout, introduces readers to 26 African proverbs.