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Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti (1986)

by Gerald McDermott

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I liked the images and story line in this book. It is a folk tale popular in Africa that originated from the Ashanti people. It is a great book to read to students to include the culture from places around the world. ( )
  SarahA5752 | Oct 17, 2016 |
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. But which of his sons should Anansi reward? 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 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.
  Sara1211 | Oct 17, 2016 |
I liked this book for the language used and the illustrations. The language is simple yet descriptive. The sentences are short and easy to understand. The illustrations are simple block colors but they use the complex patterns found in the Ghanian cultural. The main idea of this book is to teach children to use the gifts they have and take care of the people around them. ( )
  cmcdon18 | Sep 25, 2016 |
Anansi the Spider is a unique multicultural book that features a traditional folk tale from Ghana. In this book Anansi has six sons, each of whom have their own specialty such as: building roads, drinking rivers, and throwing stones. After Anansi gets into trouble his sons come to the rescue with each utilizing their specialty in order to help save their father. Afterwards Anansi has trouble deciding who to reward since all of his sons helped, so in the end he asks Nyame (The God of All Things) to aid him in his decision. In the end Nyame decides to lay the reward in the sky for all to share. This book teaches a number of things to young readers. The importance of family, sharing, responsibility, and collaboration are all highlighted in this book. A good follow up activity would be to let children create another Anansi the Spider Tale involving his sons via drawings, creative drama, or creative writing. ( )
  wxv002 | Sep 8, 2016 |
Read for Caldecott disc. on GR.

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti?áis at least the third tribute to African culture in this group. Diversity was a key focus in the 70s in the educational system in the US, obviously... and so was bright fresh art.?áGerald McDermott?áalso wrote one of our winners,?áArrow to the Sun.?á

The point (I was told when I was in teacher training) was to show that people are people all over the world. Most cultures have trickster tales. And many have this 'seven brothers' theme. Think of?áThe Fool of the World and the Flying Ship?áand?áThe Seven Chinese Brothers?áfor example.

I'm not a huge fan of this motif, usually, but I found it effective here. And the art, font, and design of the book are very appealing to me.?á" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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(from the prologue) Anansi is a folk hero to the Ashanti. This funny fellow is a rogue, a wise and loveable trickster. He is a shrewd and cunning figure who triumphs over larger foes.
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Anansi asked this of Nyame- "Please hold the beautiful globe of light until I know which son should have it for his own."
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Anansi the Spider is a wise, funny, mischievous, and loveable folk hero who pops up in traditional Ashanti tales from Ghana, in West Africa. This story, retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott, relates the tale of father Anansi and his six spider sons. When Anansi sets out on a dangerous journey and gets into all sorts of trouble, each son does one thing to help, and all their efforts together save their father. He finds a mysterious, beautiful globe of light in the forest, and decides to make it a gift of thanks. But which son should receive the prize? Even with the help of Nyame, the God of All Things, he can't decide, so Nyame takes the great globe up into the sky, and that's where it has stayed ever since--the moon, for all to see. This profound story reaches children of many ages; younger ones see it as an exciting rescue story, but older children are intrigued by the larger themes of cooperation and "the whole being more than its parts."

Anansi the Spider, McDermott's first book, received immediate acclaim and was named a Caldecott Honor Book. McDermott has retold and illustrated many other folktales and myths during his long career, including Arrow to the Sun: A Pueblo Indian Tale, which received the Caldecott Medal, Musicians of the Sun, and a series of trickster folktales from around the world. He has a rare combination of skills, being both a gifted writer and a talented artist. His distinctive graphic style using bold shapes and brilliant colors is always striking, but is especially well suited to the story of Anansi, with traditional African motifs skillfully integrated throughout the art. This is a story that can be read over and over again! (Ages 4 to 9) --Marcie Bovetz

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In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.

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