Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

 

Anansi the Spider is a 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.

In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.

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"The brief poetic text, complemented by geometric, African folk-style illustrations in pure, bold colors, provides a good introduction to this clever hero."—School Library Journal, starred review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A clever folk hero proves himself resourceful in this bold and poetic tale. Ages 5-8. (March)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805003116
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 3/28/1987
  • Edition number: 97
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 94,436
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott's illustrated books and animated films have brought him international recognition. He is highly regarded for his culturally diverse works inspired by traditional African and Japanese folktales, hero tales of the Pueblos, and the archetypal mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It was his fascination with the imagery of African folklore that led him to the story of Anansi the Spider. McDermott was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cass Technical High School, where he was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Once in New York, he began to produce and direct a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. These films became the basis for McDermott's first picture books. Among his many honors and awards are the Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun, a Pueblo myth, and Caldecott honors for Anansi the Spider: A Tale from Ashanti and Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest. In addition, McDermott is Primary Education Program Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    My daughter loves this book!

    I saw this book in my friend's house. After I read to my daughter, she immediately loves it. This is the "every day must read" book for her now.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    So thought-provoking!

    Perfect for kids and adults to discuss - simple problem yet the answer can be fun to explore with your kids. So enjoyable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2011

    My favorite book to read to my children

    It is fun to act out and my kids just love it. They are six years old now, but they have been enjoying this story since they were tiny. And now they are reading it on their own. It's a great children's book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2009

    Great children's book

    Will capture any child's imagination. The story remained in my memory from kindergarten >30 yrs ago, and it is now the first book my daughter sits and intently focuses on cover to cover.

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