Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott (Paperback) Winner of the 1973 Caldecott Honor
Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes.
In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? Calling upon Nyame, the God of All Things, Anansi solves his predicament in a touching and highly resourceful fashion.
In adapting this popular folktale, Gerald McDermott merges the old with the new, combining bold, rich color with traditional African design motifs and authentic Ashanti language rhythms.
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Reading Level: 4+
"This book is funny. It is entertaining and the students enjoyed hearing about Anansi's heroic and clever actions. The adventures are interesting."
"Growing up I loved Anansi and the stories about him. I grew up with a proud African-American community (think kwanza, voodoo, yoruba, and the back to africa movement), so this was a way for me, a German Jew, to relate to my peers. I love African culture and myth. Everyone should get this for their children. Also it helps diversify your child's mind."
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