Once upon a time, far, far away in the land of Africa, there were vast forests with huge lakes, ling rivers, endless lowlands, supreme mountains, and high rocks. And in those forests there were cute baboons, angry rhinos, long-necked giraffes, ox-headed antelopes, cheerful goats, spotted leopards, warthogs with vertical tails, zebras in striped pajamas, and countless animals all living happily together. Local stories about these cute animals have been told for generations, and I have gathered them to share with children of all ages to teach them priceless lessons. I also spent 10 years in Africa without animal friends, taking pictures, learning, as well as writing stories of them. I hope children will enjoy listening and learning about our animal friends, and take valuable lessons from these local African stories to better our world.