I have to agree with the second commentator; having little knowledge of the subject over the years I have really enjoyed this book. You will find folklore from tribes you are familiar with, and those you might not have heard of before. Courlander attempts to introduce tribes not only of West Africa, but East Africa as well. They are plainly written true, however, Courlander was careful to make sure that the moral of the story and the anecdote comes through in most of the stories. However, the subject would have been more broadly served if he had included the folklore of the Tauregs, Berbers, Nubians, and traditional Arabs of West Africa as well thereby conveying the rich diversity which makes up the continent. Although they are not "Black" (with the exception of the Nubians), however to imply that they are somehow not as African as others is to regulate Africa to the confines of a "Tarzan" myth. Still, whenever I read the stories to my children animated with oral story telling, they always enjoy and ask for more! I therefore highly recommend the book, especially when you consider its low price.