Folktales as source material for children stories - a retelling of some Northern tales

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The objective of this research effort is to demonstrate the possibility of adapting existing oral tales for reading by children: A lot of folktales exist in the oral tradition in Ghana end these, we believe, can be converted into the written form for many children, both within and outside Ghana. Since the oral tradition, including the folktale, is found all over the world, this thesis starts with the Greeks and then narrows down to •the local scene in an attempt to show the universality of the art. The tendency for folktales to travel around the world changing forms and characters is also looked into. The research field chosen is the konkomba of Northern Ghana so we go a little into their socio-economic life, linking it up with their tale-telling as an art of entertainment and of great didactic import. Four tales are then selected from a wide range of knnkomba tales collected during the research, and these are modified into stories for children. A fifth tale is added as an example of the workability of creating new tales out of existing ones by mixing either the motifs or the tale types.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Arts Degree in Comparative Literature, 1991