For those of you who can't or didn't see the show (or if you did see it, and want to revisit it), you can create your own version at home. All you need are a few stuffed animals, finger puppets, or even photos of animals. I don't know about you, but we have a bin of stuffed animals that often get forgotten and when I started rifling through them, I was pleasantly surprised to find that many of them live in Kenya. There were elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, hares and crocodiles, just waiting to be played with. Now they are characters for your own play.
Then you need some stories. Check out Tinga Tinga Tales (a new-to-me TV show) for very abridged versions of traditional stories like why the hippo has no hair, why monkeys swing on trees, and why the elephant has a trunk. A series of books by Mwenye Hadithi (aka Bruce Hobson) tell African animal stories for a young audience based on folk tales. And there's also books available with a number of African folk tales in one, like Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales and A Pride of African Tales. We've not read them yet, so if you have, let me know what you think. Or make up your own! Why do you think the zebra has stripes?
And if you're really into it, make your own baobab tree. Here's a version that can be colored. And a photo for inspiration:
(photo from National Geographic):
Let the story telling begin!