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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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The illustrations help the reader learn about West African culture, from the clothing worn to the tools used. The story has some repetitive motifs, making it a great book for children to practice predictions.
  kmcfadden | Apr 11, 2017 |
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 |
The story of how Anansi the spider (pictured in human form) wins all of the world's stories from the sky god by capturing four fierce animals. Following his wife's plans he manages to trick the dangerous animals and win the box of stories which he shares with humanity. Beautiful illustrations that respect West African traditional clothing and culture. ( )
  Dipodomy | Dec 2, 2016 |
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 |
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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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