Ali of the Crooked arm is an African folk tale from the Swahili tradition. Stories from Africa were traditionally passed down by word of mouth. Often they were told by the light of the moon around a village fire after the completion of a long day of work. The stories rarely ended with the words we so often heard as children when our parents told us bedtime stories -- "and they all lived happily ever after". Most stories didn't end happily ever after. Usually the stories taught a lesson, and frequently, the selfish person learned that lesson the hard way.
Other folk tales of interest:
Japanese Fairy Tales
Fifteen Chinese Folk Tales
African Stories and Folk Tales
Rats and Cats and Mice Folk Tales around the World
Also of interest
The Four Friends Readers Theater
King Midas and the Golden Touch Readers Theater
Dick Whittington and His Cat Readers Theater
Tom Thumb Readers Theater
The Shoemaker and the Elves Readers Theater
The Baker Boys and the Bees Readers Theater
Why the Bear’s Tail is Short Readers Theater
Sleeping Beauty Readers Theater
Mother Frost Readers Theater
Briar Rose Readers Theater
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