Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
by Margaret Musgrove
This is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book in which each letter leads to a 1-2 paragraph description of a legend, or belief, or cultural tradition of a different African people. Rich illustrations on every page. A Caldecott Medal winner.
Parents Beware: One myth tells of a queen sacrificing her only son to the crocodiles, to ensure the safety of her people. Another entry speaks of a warrior game in which the winner gets to eat the heart or liver of a “freshly killed animal.”