The Clever Spider

The Clever Spider

by Abraham Akpan


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The Clever Spider by Abraham Akpan

We believed that spiders brought good luck and always welcomed them into our mud homes. So when Mfon the elephant met Utu the spider one morning, he was happy to see her but surprised when she challenged him to a race to prove who was cleverer. He was sure there was no way this tiny creature could beat him. As everyone knows, elephants are much larger than spiders; in Mfon’s mind, that made him the natural winner. But Utu taught Mfon a lesson he would never forget when she gathered nine of her sisters and outwitted him in a ten-mile race.

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ISBN-13: 9781465397591
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Publication date: 12/30/2011
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.10(d)

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The Clever Spider 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Clever Spider is an African tale of two intriguing creatures competing for the title of intelligence. Life brings about many trials that require mental endurance so this story is appealing. Quite entertaining, yet teaches an important lesson-size certainly does not portray a person's mental capacity. I am left intrigued after reading this book and would recommend it to people of all ages.
Nkere More than 1 year ago
The clever spider is a typical classic story of an African spider; it is a thirty seven page colorful story book that portrays two key characters; a powerful elephant named Mfon and a very clever spider name Utu. Due to the massive size of this elephant, he had no doubt in his heart that he is not only the biggest, but also the strongest as well as the greatest of animals. One day while the Elephant was basking in his self acclaimed confidence, he happened to get in contact with this tiny creature named Utu the spider; as these two were busy bragging about what they could do best, the spider let the Elephant know that all he had was strength and size, but absolutely no brains. To the Elephant, he could not imagine himself being insulted and humiliated by a creature as small as this spider. After a long debate between them in deciding who the greatest was, the spider comes up with a clever suggestion on embarking on a race with the Elephant to see who could make it to the finish line first. How pleasant was the Elephant to receive this challenge because he knew without any element of doubt that he could displace this little spider anytime, any day. Unknown to the Elephant, the spider had other plans which included engaging other similar spiders by stationing them at strategic positions along the race track while she (Utu) would simple wait at the finish line just to create the impression that she has won the race. The plan worked well for the spider, and the Elephant lost the race, just to prove that the size of an animal does not determine how clever it is. This book (the clever spider) is a must read for every young child; the morals portrayed by the author are of a very high standard, and I strongly recommend each parent to get a copy for his/her child; Reviewer: Nkere Ukpoho (M.Sc Information Technology)