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The Spider Weaver: A Legend Of Kente Cloth…

The Spider Weaver: A Legend Of Kente Cloth

by Margaret Musgrove

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This wasn't my favorite book but i liked how the pictures were illustrated and how they were helpful in telling the story in this book. I also like the hidden message in this text that we should "learn from nature, not alter or destroy it". ( )
  Jgay2 | Mar 28, 2017 |
This book tells the legend of how Kente Cloth came to be. It shows the characteristics of a legend as well as explaining an aspect of a key part of another culture.
  amelianewton | Dec 6, 2016 |
The weavers are making clothing for the people to wear. They come across this beautiful creation and become inspired by it. They begin to make the clothing bright and colorful to imitate the spider's web. All of the people want to wear it. This story brings attention to the uniqueness each person sees. It is about embracing different ways of doing things you always do. ( )
  SadieCooney | Apr 28, 2015 |
I like this book because of its visual brilliance and appreciation for spiders. This story uses bright colors and patterns purposefully. Both features bring the content of the story to life visually. For example, the spider's web contains a variety of colors which emphasizes its beauty. The two men are in awe of the spider's creation which is shown when the narrator says, "the men felt terrible for wrecking the magnificent web the night before". The story shares an appreciation for spiders by describing the spider's spider weaving process as a dance. It says "she moved like a woman dancing, regal and very graceful". This promotes a positive attitude towards spiders instead of the popular reaction of fear and disgust from people. This story's central idea is sharing an appreciation for what spiders can do and celebrating the beauty of the webs through redesigning "their looms so they could imitate the spider's weaving dance...and they named this new woven cloth kente-nwen-ntoma". This shows a pure, appreciative attitude towards spiders and their webs. ( )
  GinaBayne | Oct 6, 2014 |
“The Spider Weaver” is a great book for children. The first reason why I loved this book is the descriptive language used. The author uses wonderful descriptive words to really enhance the story. For example, the author writes “The light of the lantern had fallen on an amazing sight, glowing like moonbeams against the midnight sky.” Another reason I like the book was because of the illustrations. The illustrator used bright and beautiful colors to show the complexity of the web that was woven by the spider. Also, the characters expressions are shown well throughout the book. The meaning of the book is essentially that help can be given in any form and by anyone even the person or things you least expect. ( )
  david.endres | Sep 24, 2014 |
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I love Kente Cloth as I myself was born in Ghana. This is a great story and an interesting way to learn about the culture
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Weavers in Ghana all know the story of the remarkable spider that showed two enterprising weavers a brand new way to weave beautiful patterns into their cloth. These weavers, named Nana Koragu and Nana Ameyaw, are walking through the jungle one day on their way home to their Ashanti village, when they come across what seems like a "small miracle"--a spider web with a wondrously intricate design. Awestruck, the friends decide to bring this treasure home with them to study. Alas! The web collapses at their touch, and is ruined. But all is not lost. At Ameyaw's wife's suggestion, the weavers return the following day and watch as the amazing Master Web Weaver, a large yellow and black spider, spins her magic for their benefit. Inspired by their skillful teacher, Koragu and Ameyaw begin imitating the spider's weaving dance on their looms to create a new woven cloth called kente-nwen-ntoma, worn to this day by kings and regular people alike.

Margaret Musgrove is the author of Ashanti to Zulu, which won the Caldecott Medal for illustrations by Leo and Diane Dillon. Her knowledge of African traditions and stories stems from her many visits to West Africa over the years. Artist Julia Cairns lived in Africa for 10 years, working on landscape paintings in the Okavango Swamps in northern Botswana. Readers will be reluctant to tear their eyes away from her stunning illustrations. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

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In this retelling of a tale from Ghana, a wondrous spider shows two Ashanti weavers how to make intricate, colorful patterns in the cloth that they weave.

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