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Why The Jack-Spaniard’s Waist Is Small

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Why The Jack-Spaniard’s Waist Is Small

by Sir George Webbe Dasent

Genre: Folktale
Setting: Africa
Format of Original Source: Fable
Recommended Adaptation Length: 15 Minutes

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EXCERPT:

Ananzi and Mosquito were talking together one day, and boasting of their fathers’ crops. Ananzi said his father had never had such a crop in his life before; and Mosquito said, he was sure his father’s was bigger, for one yam they dug was as big as his leg. This tickled Jack-Spaniard so much, that he laughed till he broke his waist in two. That’s why the Jack-Spaniard’s waist is so small.


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