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The Ox of the Wonderful Horns

And Other African Folktales

Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

About The Book

Coretta Scott King Award winner Ashley Bryan presents five African folktales in this delightful, boldly illustrated picture book.

A trickster spider has his careful plan backfire, a frog and elephant team up to woo pretty girls, a calm tortoise outwits an underhanded hare, and more in these stories from Ghana, Angola, and South Africa. This beautiful picture book includes “Ananse the Spider in Search of a Fool;” “Frog and His Two Wives;” “Elephant and Frog Go Courting;” “Tortoise, Hare, and the Sweet Potatoes;” and “The Ox of the Wonderful Horns.”

About The Author

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Ashley Bryan (1923–2022) grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he shared the joy of song with children. A beloved illustrator, he was named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He also received the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; was a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over MeSail AwayBeautiful BlackbirdBeat the Story-Drum, Pum PumLet It ShineAshley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lived in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

About The Illustrator

Photo Credit:

Ashley Bryan (1923–2022) grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he shared the joy of song with children. A beloved illustrator, he was named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He also received the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; was a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over MeSail AwayBeautiful BlackbirdBeat the Story-Drum, Pum PumLet It ShineAshley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lived in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 31, 1993)
  • Length: 48 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689317996
  • Grades: 1 - 4
  • Ages: 6 - 9
  • Lexile ® 700L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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