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A Story, a Story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2002

    A beautifully illustrated African folk tale

    "A story a story, let it come, let it go." This African folk tale is one of my daughters favorite books. It tells how clever little Ananse overcomes several obstacles in order to win all the stories of the sky god and bring them down to earth. It shows how "little people" can use ingenuity to outsmart formidable opponents.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2014

    This book was one that I often used with groups of k-3rd grade c

    This book was one that I often used with groups of k-3rd grade children when I was a children's librarian in New
    York City. Little boys would sometimes shout with delight SPIDER MAN! when I picked it up and everyone would
    quickly become absorbed by the story. It never failed, even with older children. The large, colorful illustrations 
    and quickly moving action hold children's attention. It is equally good for family reading and for storytelling to 
    large groups.  Get it! It's a keeper!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    A Story, A Story

    Haley began writing at a young age. She soon had 14 books to her credit. Among these was A Story A Story. She got the idea for this book while she was living in the Caribbean. She began to study African folklore and culture. She created all the illustration woodcuts and printed them all in her own print shop. The pictures are very vibrant, large and colorful. They are very effective in catching the eyes of children. In the story a man named Ananse, the spider man, spun a web up to the Sky God to buy all of his stories. The price was a leopard, a hornet, and a fairy. All were supposed to impossible for man to catch or even see. He tricked all three into captivity and took them to the Sky God. He purchased the stories that from then on were from then on called ¿The Spider Stories¿. Haley, Gail E. A Story A Story. New York: Antheneum 1970. Reading Level 4.2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2007

    Read this story.

    Gail Haley has written over thirty books. She is the only individual so far who has won both the Caldecott Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Her primary role is storytelling. She is well known for her book A Story-A Story. A Story-A Story tells the story that Ananse, the Spider man, wanted to buy the Sky God¿s stories. The Sky God kept all of his stories in a golden box next to his royal stool. The Sky God tells him how he could buy them, and he questions Ananse because he looks like weak old man. However, Ananse is very determined. Does he get what he needs or does he have to give up? Read the book to find out if he receives the box of stories. The reading level of the book is third grade, seventh month. If people are determined, they will get what they want. This book is a very good example of that and I would recommend this book to anyone. The book is very descriptive with its wording. The book ends by saying ¿This is my story which I have related. If it be sweet, or if it be not sweet, take some elsewhere, and let some come back to me.¿ Haley, Gail E. A Story-A Story. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1970.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Spider Stories

    What do you think would happen if there were no stories to be told?! In this story, you'll find out how Ananse, the Spider man, brought folk tales to the African villages, and why most folk tales came to be called 'Spider Stories.' This is a cute little story for young readers. The illustrations are wonderful and the story is quite interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    A Story A Story

    A Story A Story an African tale by Gail E. Haley. Haley was inspired to write this book about Ananse from the time she lived in the Caribbean. Ananse is a spider man that lived long ago when there were no children stories to be told. Ananse had requested to purchase a story from the Sky God, whom was the only one hold the knowledge of children stories. Sky God, wanted to know how Ananse would be pay the exchange. Ananse work to gather three things Mmboro the hornet who stings like fire, the leopard of the terrible teeth, and Mmoatia the fairy who men never see that the sky god asked for in exchanged. A folk tale written to establish how ¿spider stories¿ originated. I was not impressed with this story I felt no connection with this book. I am not sure that children would actually keep interest in reading this book. Haley E. Gail. A STORY A STORY. New York: Simons & Schuster Children¿s Publishing, 1970

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    Posted October 14, 2013

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