Download Reading The Magic Flyswatter: A Superhero Tale of Africa, Retold from the Mwindo Epic (World Classics) (9781620355435): Aaron Shepard: Books By Aaron Shepard –

The storyteller stands beside the fire, swaying, dancing, miming, singing, reciting With one hand he shakes a gourd rattle, with the other he swings a conga a flyswatter made with a buffalo tail on a wooden handle Anklet bells tinkle as he moves Three young men beat a wooden drum with sticks Listening to him is a crowd of men, women, and children They sing along at a songs refrain, they repeat whole lines of the story when he pauses to see if theyre paying attention They encourage him with little shouts, whoops, claps Food and drink are passed around In a mountain rainforest of the Congo, a Nyanga village hears oncethe tale of its favorite hero Mwindo, the one born walking, the one born talking For agesand up Not illustrated Aaron Shepard is the award winning author of The Bakers Dozen, The Sea Kings Daughter, Lady White Snake, and manychildrens books His stories have appeared often in Cricket magazine, while his Web site is known internationally as a prime resource for folktales, storytelling, and readers theater Once a professional storyteller, Aaron specializes in lively retellings of folktales and other traditional literature, which have won him honors from the American Library Association, the New York Public Library, the Bank Street College of Education, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society Cover artist Xiaojun Li, a native of Inner Mongolia, was an award winning childrens book illustrator and art director in China before moving to the United States SAMPLE She Mwindo heard the noise He went to the house of his favorite wife He saw the boy and was full of rage What is this Did I not say no sons Did I not say I would kill him He threw his spear at the baby Mwindo waved his conga The spear fell short and stuck in the floor Mwindo pulled it up He broke it in two She Mwindo cried out Aieeeeeee What kind of child is this Mwindo sang and danced and waved his conga I am Mwindo, the one born walking, the one born talking O my father, you do not want me O my father, you try to kill me But what can you do against me