In The Lady Who Married a Crow and Other Stories, J. C. Makori brings to life rare tales and storytelling from the past, capturing a tradition and wisdom that, if not documented, could disappear with the sands of time. Storytelling, at the core of the social fabric of the people of the past, united the young and old, bridging the gap between the raw and experienced. Through this interactive process, the community’s cumulative knowledge, experiences, and wisdom were passed down from generation to generation. The storytellers, in their role as custodians of community wisdom, values, and history, held a revered place.
Within this collection, the author offers a glimpse into that treasured past, presenting lessons and insights into history and culture that hold relevance for the present and have the potential to shape the future. Written in the style of the original oral form, these tales not only entertain but also carry profound moral teachings and cultural heritage.
What Others Say
“The stories in this collection are compelling, painting vivid images in the reader’s mind, immersing them in the world of different characters and the communities within which the stories are set. The book serves as a much-needed resource of African folk tales, suitable for both pedagogical use and recreational reading.” – Grace Wangari, Children’s Book Editor.
“This thrilling collection would captivate readers of all ages. The stories offer moral lessons such as the value of truthfulness, kindness, and cultivating good relations with others.” – Bethsheba Nyabuto, Book Designer/Editor.