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Beeswax Catches a Thief (from a Congo Folktale) by Ann Kirn

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Beeswax Catches a Thief - based on a congo folktale, written and illustrated by Ann Kirn.

First edition, published by W.W. Norton & Company in 1968.



56 pages / 10.25 x 8.3 x .5 inches / 26 x 21 x 1.2 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

An ex-library book (with reinforced binding) so all the trappings of that. protective covering over the dust jacket. Stickers on the spine.

Name on front endpapers. Some old tape residue.

Some writing in pencil / stamping on title page. A few pages have little discolorations.

Old library check-out card slot on the back endpapers, plus stamping, some tape residue.

The pages have yellowed a little bit with age around the edges.


It had been a long, hard, dry spell in the jungle, and all the animals sighed with relief when the rains finally began. None of them wanted to go so long without water again. "We must do something; we must do something" they murmured. But what?

Suddenly Jackal and Hyena thought of a fine plane. Why not dig a hole to catch the rain, so that they would always have a pool of water in the dry spells?

All the animals--Elephant, Hyena, Lion, Tortoise--immediately set to work. Strangely enough, however, when it came time for Jackal to take his turn, he was nowhere to be found. The animals finished the pool without him and then made a rule: only those who had helped dig it could drink out of it.

Everyone enjoyed the pool for a while, until strange things began to happen. Every morning, when they went for a drink, they found the water all stirred up and muddy. Clearly, some mischief-maker was spoiling it during the night. But who, and how could they stop him?

This time it was Tortoise who thought of a plan, and with Monkey's help and the use of a little beeswax, they laid a trap that was to catch them a clever thief and bring some very surprising results.

A lively and amusing tale illustrated with bold and colorful drawings by a well-known author-illustrator of children's books.

Beeswax Catches a Thief (from a Congo Folktale) by Ann Kirn


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