Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief In this traditional Ashanti tale, Anansi sets out on a long, difficult journey. A clever folk hero proves himself resourceful in this bold and poetic tale. Ages . (March). 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.

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Anansi is a spider that acts like a human in the West African folktale Anansi the Spider. The art is kind of cool and very different. One day Anansi went out and got into some trouble. In this book, the elaborate, geometric illustrations paint the “descriptions” that the text omits. Purchased this book to go with our homeschool History curriculum Story of the World ; Volume anqnsi – chapter 11 This story has wonderful illustrations that are very unlike modern kids tje.

I like it when the spider gets eaten by the fish. It’s an Anansi book we haven’t read yet! I’m always happy to see a bit of geography dropped into stories, especially those designed for children. The characters in this book I think are good, I liked how each character had its own personality and specialty, which could show kids that even though they are not all the same they have something different that they can bring to the table.

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti – Gerald McDermott – Google Books

Library Locations and Hours. 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.


The story is Anansi the spider and his six sons who all have a special talent. Later, Anansi finds a beautiful light in the forest and decides to give Anansi the Spider is an older book that won the Caldecott Honor in If you work with elementary students in the early grades, you know they’re always asking, “Why?

Kids will delight in this shrewd spider’s ability to outwit his opposition- despite his aannsi diminutive size and stature. Share your thoughts with other customers. As I was reading the novel Homegoingthere was one character that would periodically be referenced: This book falls under the category of traditional children’s literature known as a folktale.

This particular tale tells the story of how the moon came to be. The story of Anansi was creatively written in dialect, so the reader apider the idea that this is not an American folktale.

It could be used as a lesson about other cultures or be read just for entertainment purposes. We have a little obsession with spiders at my house these days, and after reading several different reference books about spiders that the kids keep bringing home from the library, I picked out this one to read together. After helping him, Anansi Find a beautiful white light. Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world.

Anansi The Spider: A Tale From The Ashanti – Booksource

Which son is responsible for his safety? Jul 22, Janessa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Anansi stories are part of an ancient mythology that is rooted in West African folklore and concerns the interaction spicer divine and semi divine beings; royalty, humans, animals, plants and seemingly asshanti objects.


I love this story and have given it as gift several times. Anansi the Spider is a Caldecott Honor Book. How does this choice affect the story? I especially thee how each character has its own shape in the illustration, its own special skill, and the lesson that while we are all different we all have something special to contribute.

However, since all of his sons worked to save him, he cannot pick one to receive the reward. MoodyUniversity of Michigan. Luckily some has uploaded the original video created by the books author, no less to YouTube.

This delightful version of Anansi the spider comes from the Ashanti, a tribe of Ghana, and explains why the moon is in the sky. We liked the bright colors and the simple, but powerful story.

Anansi the Spider

If these sons did not work together the story would not end in the same happy way it did. Where did it come from? Overall, I think this is a great story that could be used throughout the grades and for a variety of purposes.