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Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale (On My Own… (edition 2008)

by Stephen Krensky, Jeni Reeves (Illustrator)

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Title:Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale (On My Own Folklore)
Authors:Stephen Krensky
Other authors:Jeni Reeves (Illustrator)
Info:Millbrook Press (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:folklore, 1-5, anansi

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Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale by Stephen Krensky



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This tale about Anansi the Spider from West Africa is about how the God of all the sky keeps all of the stories about the world locked up until Anansi tricks them into letting the stories out of the box and into the wide world. Anansi the Spider is a traditional figure in West African Folk Lore and is often used as a trickster spider in stories to show how different parts and aspects of the world came to be, somewhere between creation myth and folklore. This particular rendition includes artwork that is done in watercolor paint, a Western technique, but done in African styles. I always really enjoy every story that has to do with Anansi and I was excited to discover a new one to me on the shelf. ( )
  LeslieMuir | Mar 18, 2017 |
Read for traditional literature dropbox assignment ( )
  LaurenCollins85 | Oct 25, 2015 |
Great illustrations, with a retelling that is very faithful to the Ashanti tale from Africa. Interestingly, Anansi is pictured as a man, and his wife Aso plays an integral role in helping Anansi to fulfill four seemingly impossible tasks. Part of a 10-volume set of folktales from around the world aimed at beginning readers with an easy-reading format to help them master the text on their own.
  cameroneshaw | Jul 15, 2015 |
Anansi goes out on an adventure to capture four challenging animals by request of Nyame, the sky god, in exchange for admission into the box of stories. In order to find these animals and catch them, he goes to great lengths, and has many tricks up his sleeve. This story's illustrations are so vibrant and detailed, really adding to the story-telling. I think children would be very intrigued by the illustrations, and it would help a really young audience to follow along with what is happening in the story.
  ErinnnPratt | Jun 8, 2014 |
Anansi, the first spider, wishes to know the stories of the world. The stories are being held captive by the sky God, Nyame. Anansi goes to Nyami to request the stories. Nyame gives him four extremely difficult tasks, and says that if he completes them, he will release the stories to Anansi. Anansi plays clever tricks on all four of the animals, brings them to the sky God, and retrieves the stories. He shares them with everyone.
  sbasler | Mar 14, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0822567458, Paperback)

The sky god Nyame keeps all the world's stories locked in a box. But if Anansi can trick some of the earth's fiercest and quickest creatures, Nyame will share his stories. Will Anansi succeed?

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A retelling of the Anansi story and how he fulfilled a quest to acquire the sky god's box of stories .

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