Anansi

Anansi

by Brian Gleeson, Steven Guarnaccia, Denzel Washington
     
 

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Two hilarious Jamaican folktales starring a teeny-teeny spider whose boasts are bigger than life

In the first of two tales, Anansi outwits the prideful Snake in order to win possession of all the stories in the jungle. In the second tale, Anansi gets caught in his own web of lies and ends up as bald as a mango. Brian Gleeson's uproarious adaptation perfectly evokes

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Two hilarious Jamaican folktales starring a teeny-teeny spider whose boasts are bigger than life

In the first of two tales, Anansi outwits the prideful Snake in order to win possession of all the stories in the jungle. In the second tale, Anansi gets caught in his own web of lies and ends up as bald as a mango. Brian Gleeson's uproarious adaptation perfectly evokes the rhythms of the West Indies, and Steven Guarnaccia's graphically bold Anansi is as hip and as lovable as they come.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Anansi may be a small creature, but he spins a tall tale. Gleeson provides readers with two humorous Jamaican folk tales about his exploits. Denzel Washington reads stories on the cassette and the tape is packaged with either a hardback or paper copy of the book.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-- Retellings of two Jamaican stories. The first tells how Anansi came to possess all stories, and the second tells of his plan to seem important at his mother-in-law's funeral. The selections follow one after another in the book, as they would in the oral tradition, with no separation or demarcation. The prose is spare and droll as befits trickster tales in which creatures such as Anansi can be both wise and foolish. The illustrations are bright, modern, stylized paintings. The bug-eyed, wildly dressed, top-hatted spider/man plays off against other more naturally represented animal characters and a simple tropical backdrop. Denzel Washington uses Jamaican dialect and narrates in the present tense (the book uses past tense), capturing the rhythms of Caribbean storytelling. UB40 provides lively reggae accompaniment. Gail Haley's A Story, A Story (Atheneum, 1970) is an African version of the opening tale, and Gerald McDermott's Anansi the Spider (Holt, 1972) is also West African. Students may wish to compare these picture-book versions of African stories with their Caribbean counterparts. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887082313
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
We All Have Tales Series
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
10.73(w) x 11.86(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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