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.
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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, Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world.
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 Caldecott Honor Book. Get A Copy. Paperback , 48 pages. Published March 15th by Square Fish first published More Details Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 11, Dee's Reading Zone rated it it was amazing Shelves: journey , tricksters , respect , children-s-book-or-kid-at-heart , folktales-fairy-tales-and-true-tal , read-it-again. Reread: Still my favorite trickster tale of Anansi, the spider! This vividly illustrated book was a Caldecott Award winner that I have read time and time again. Although creatively told, reme Reread: Still my favorite trickster tale of Anansi, the spider!
Although creatively told, remember Anansi as he was a true trickster so don't be fooled by his humanized ways and memorable wit! His son were given those clever names for a reason! Jun 23, B. Rinehart rated it it was amazing Shelves: short-story-stuff. As I was reading the novel Homegoing , there was one character that would periodically be referenced: Anansi.
Anansi is a figure from Ashanti folk religion. This is one of those mainstay books of my early school years. I would read many books featuring Anansi the Spider, but this book stands out on apart of its spellbinding cover.
After stumbling in to a harrowing conflict while journeying, he is rescued by his sons. He finds a mysteriously large orb of light and he wants to gift it to one of his sons, but which one? I have also found something I rarely find nowadays: the original animated video that went with this book. Most children's books from the s on had these, but they rarely survived the transition from analogue to digital.
Luckily some has uploaded the original video created by the books author, no less to YouTube. View 2 comments. Feb 14, Noelle Jensen, Age 6 rated it it was amazing. I don't like spiders. I like it when the spider gets eaten by the fish. Added at age 6: i likt this book because ol the spiders hafe pawrs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 28, Ronyell rated it really liked it Shelves: african-books , animal-books , gerald-mcdermott , fairy-tales-folktales , summerbook-challenge , read-in Gerald McDermott has done a brilliant job at both illustrating and writing this story of Anansi and his sons.
Gerald McDermott makes this story extremely exciting and intense at the same time as Anansi is put through all sorts of danger and his sons try everything to rescue him. Parents might want to discuss sentence structures to their children before they read them this book so that children would not be easily confused by the story. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the confusing sentence structure will confuse smaller children.
Sep 19, Rahima. A spectacular set of stories I discovered whilst volunteering as a teaching assistant at a north London school. It was used as part of an assembly put together by year 4 for Black History Month. Anansi stories are part of an ancient mythology that is rooted in West African folklore and concerns the interaction between divine and semi divine beings; royalty, humans, animals, plants and seemingly inanimate objects.
These stories have and continue to provide a moral foundation for the community in w A spectacular set of stories I discovered whilst volunteering as a teaching assistant at a north London school. These stories have and continue to provide a moral foundation for the community in which these tales have originated.
Anansi is a spider, but in many tales he is recognised as a creature who is half man and half spider; his most distinct quality is that of a trickster. As the main character he often deceives and exploits his fellow creatures for his own benefit.
Guinea Fowl. The real joy of discovery the Anansi tales was the manner in which it was presented by the year 4 class with the guidance of the class teacher.
The tales really inspired the children so much that they were engrossed in their tasks of choreographing the poem, learning the routine, creating artwork and even writing the poem. There was voice modulation, audience participation and even some free style dance intertwined perfectly with the story. A never forgetting experience and an absolute crowd pleaser with shouts of once more!
View 1 comment. This delightful version of Anansi the spider comes from the Ashanti, a tribe of Ghana, and explains why the moon is in the sky. The story definitely has a very different rhythm than typical Western tales, with each of Anansi's sons playing integral roles in rescuing their father from peril. Perhaps the best thing about this book is the extraordinary collection of illustrations found within--with sharp edges and heavily-contrasted colors, each conjures playfulness and awe.
Definitely a fun read f This delightful version of Anansi the spider comes from the Ashanti, a tribe of Ghana, and explains why the moon is in the sky. Definitely a fun read for the younger set and a way to introduce students to the literature of Africa. View all 3 comments.
Aug 09, Jon Nakapalau rated it it was amazing Shelves: mythology , favorites , religion , childrens-books , cultural-studies. Beautiful retelling of this important legend.
Will teach the importance of working as a team to young children. Mar 31, Dannon Hewitt rated it it was amazing. Sep 25, Mary Keller rated it really liked it. First off, the illustrations in this book are great! They are simple lines and shapes but seem so intricate and bright.
The story is Anansi the spider and his six sons who all have a special talent. Each son helps their father in a difficult situation I like this story because it teaches the importance of helping and sticking by your family. Aug 25, Ms. B rated it liked it Shelves: honor , picture , folktale.
A story about how we all have different talents. Did you know Anansi had 6 sons? Find out how the six of them use their various talents to save the day.
Nov 21, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: elm Anansi the Spider is a West African folk-tale that comes from the Ashanti people in the country of Ghana.
Anansi the Spider
He often takes the shape of a spider and is sometimes considered to be a god of all knowledge of stories. Taking the role of trickster , he is also one of the most important characters of West African , African American and Caribbean folklore. Spider tales are found extensively throughout West Africa  , but the Anansi tales originating from Ghana are among the best-known, as Anansi's name comes from the word in the Akan language for "spider". In others, Anansi is an anthropomorphized spider with a human face, or conversely, a human with spider-like features, such as eight legs. Anansi also has a family in several folktales involving him, consisting of his long-suffering wife Okonore Yaa - known in other regions as Aso, Crooky, or Shi Maria; Ntikuma, his firstborn son; Tikelenkelen, his big-headed son; Nankonhwea, his son with a spindly neck and spindly legs; finally, Afudohwedohwe, his pot-bellied son. Anansi stories were part of an exclusively oral tradition , and Anansi himself was seen as synonymous with skill and wisdom in speech. Rattray, who recorded many of these tales in both the English and Twi languages  , as well as the work of scholar Peggy Appiah : "So well known is he that he has given his name to the whole rich tradition of tales on which so many Ghanaian children are brought up — anansesem — or spider tales.
Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti