Ananse's Feast: An Ashanti Tale

Ananse's Feast: An Ashanti Tale

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by Tololwa M. Mollel, Andrew Glass
     
 

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When the clever spider Ananse outwits Akye the turtle by inviting him to a feast he cannot touch, Akye plans a tasty revenge. This clever retelling of an Ashanti tale is brought to life by lavish, comic illustrations.  See more details below

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When the clever spider Ananse outwits Akye the turtle by inviting him to a feast he cannot touch, Akye plans a tasty revenge. This clever retelling of an Ashanti tale is brought to life by lavish, comic illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Ananse is of course familiar to many of today's young readers, and this is a trickster tale offering deftly sketched characters and a clever plot. You know when Akye the Turtle gives thanks and hopes he'll be able to repay Ananse, that the wily spider will get his comeuppance. He does, and the story makes us reflect on guests and hosts and the role of greed in breaking friendships. Brightly illustrated in oil and colored pencil. Author's note included.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3Ananse tales are many; nevertheless, this rendition, so full of trickery and comeuppance, deserves space on library shelves. Mollel spins a plot that hums mirthfully along, right in step with Ananse, who is blithely preparing a feast for himself. Never mind that a drought is parching the land and that food is scarceclever Ananse has stored up yams, peppers, rice, and beans and plans to take full advantage. When Akye the turtle gets a whiff and comes calling, Ananse can't turn his friend away and invites him to stay. If that sounds too generous for the wily spider, you're right. Ananse declares the turtle's hands are too dirty and sends himonce, twice, three timesto the river for washing. Akye, who must use his hands for walking, always returns still full of smudge, but by the time he realizes Ananse's treachery, the spider has devoured all the food. Seemingly unperturbed, Akye makes plans for his own kind of feast in a way that undoes Ananse, but will have children cheering. Glass brightens the tale with oil and colored-pencil illustrations and reflects the ongoing drama with changing facial expressions that heighten the humor. Ragged lines and layered colors, toned with rustic hues, give vibrancy and the artist's bulbous portrayal of the spider adds new dimension (literally) to the Ananse lineup.Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
From the Publisher

"With its well-cadenced text and witty, colorful illustrations, this picture book makes a rewarding choice for reading aloud." Booklist, ALA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547562629
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/17/1997
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
993,484
File size:
32 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Tololwa M. Mollel, an Arusha Maasai from Tanzania, grew up on his grandfather's coffee farm, an hour's drive from Mount Kilimanjaro. After receiving his B.A. in Literature and Theatre at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Mr. Mollel went to Canada in 1966 to complete his master's degree at the University of Alberta. In the late 1970s he returned to Tanzania where he was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Theatre Department at the University of Dar es Salaam. At that time he was also co-director of a children's theatre and arts group. Mr. Mollel has written many books for Clarion. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota..

Andrew Glass, also a twin, has illustrated many picture books for Clarion, including Ananse's Feast, The Bourbon Street Musicians, and Crabby Cratchitt. He lives in New York City with his wife.

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