(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
Great Kapok Tree, The Ungrateful Tiger, Old Lady and The Red Pumpkin
and The Iguana Brothers.
2) How about The Magic Tree, otherwise
known as Owongelama? I find it a
hit with all ages.
3) The Legend of Obi Gui Gui is a
good one. It also explains why coconuts fall from the trees. Good
lesson on caring for family and not being selfish.
Also, B'Whale and B'Elephant, found
in More Ready to Tell Tales by Holt
The Monkey's Heart.
Mabela the Clever, mice march into
the jungle followed by the cat. It is a Limba tale and the book
adaptation is done by Margaret Read MacDonald under the same title.
Great lesson held within the story. I told this and Obi
Gui Gui for fifth graders last month and they were both
4) Try Jack and the Giant, changing the forest to a jungle. Why
5) I think several of the Anansi stories would work for you. How
about Anansi and the Box of Stories, which includes such jungle
animals as a python, a leopard and some giant hornets?
6) The One You Don't See Coming from
a compilation of African tales by Harold Courlander would definitely
work for an audience of 5th graders and would fit in with the
other selections like the ones below. It has both humor and suspense.
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