The Little Monkey and the Crocodile
This charming story is a children's folktale that I have recreated for Western readers, specifically for children between the ages of five and eleven. There are many versions of this story told all over the world. In this rendition the setting is the jungle of Southern Africa. Young readers will find the little monkey fascinating. He is the innocent hero, sweet and trusting. The crocodile is a master of trickery who entices the little monkey by making up stories about the happenings on the other side of the river. In the end, the little monkey prevails over the treacherous advances of the crocodile My wish is that this tale will entertain the children and convey a positive message that enriches their lives. Thelma Grace Sithole was born in the township of Rimbi in the Chipinge District of Zimbabwe, Africa. She moved to the United States to attend Lake Erie College in Ohio where she majored in Mathematics and minored in English. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she earned a Master's Degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. She currently is working as a software engineer in the banking industry. The idea of writing this book was born out of the need to finance the Tekeshe Foundation (www.tekeshe.org) which she formed to continue her parents' vision of empowering the young people in the rural areas of Chipinge to grow up to be successful, self-reliant citizens. Please refer to the section entitled "The Tekeshe Foundation" in the back of this book for more information about its goals and the desperate situation faced by the people for whom it was established.
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