Animal Tales. Volume 2

G.R. von Wielligh

Timeless tales from the Bushmen recorded before the oral story-telling tradition was threatened by modernity, presented here accompanied by lively illustrations. Appropriate for ages 4 to 104!
Date Published :
September 2012
Publisher :
Protea Boekhuis
Contributor(s) :
Dale Blankenaar
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781869195045

Stock Status : In stock


The tales of Jackal and Wolf are to South Africans what apple pie is to Americans. No one should grow up without them. Yet the sly Jackal and the whimsical Wolf is older than apple pie. These stories come from the Khoi-Khoi, a group of Bushmen who narrated them into existence shortly after the Stone Age. In Animal Tales Volume 2 among the 15 additional stories, we meet Tiger, Crocodile and Rabbit, while poor Wolf still suffers under the hand of Jackal and is often outwitted by Jackal. We also discover why Tortoise is such a gloomy fellow and how he came to learn that honesty is better than lying. We also read that even a clever animal like Baboon can be fooled.

About The Author

G.R. von Wielligh (1859–1932) grew up with the stories of the Bushman people. After he qualified as a surveyor, he made it his life-long quest to document these tales for posterity. Von Wielligh had a surveyor’s office in the hinterland of South Africa from where he would visit the regions known as Bushmanland and the Agter-Hantam. Without Von Wielligh, countless African fables would have been lost, since the radio and later television killed the indigenous traditions of storytelling.

DALE BLANKENAAR studied graphic design at Cape Peninsula University. He majored in illustration and advertising and was mentored by Piet Grobler. After graduation he worked as a freelance designer for a year and during that time illustrated his first book. He now works as a promotions designer at Condé Nast and as a freelance illustrator of children’s books.

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