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

by Gerald McDermott

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This African folktale, is about a spider, Anansi, and his seven sons. It tells a tale of how Anansi gets eaten by a fish and his seven sons come to his rescue. To share his gratitude, he had a god place a “great globe of light” in the sky, which is how we get our moon. This is an interesting, cultural, and creative book. Its illustrations, with the use of bold colors and geometric shapes, are perhaps what make it so unique. The only issue I have with this story is that some of the sentences are not grammatically correct, which could be confusing to new/ struggling readers. I would recommend this book to a younger audience or to students who may be learning about other cultures, mythology, or folktales. ( )
  TiffanySpanos | Sep 16, 2017 |
Use in a story with other folk tales and/or other Anansi Books.

"Anansi & the Moss covered Rock"
"Anansi Goes Fishing"
  Jessica_Diaz | Aug 4, 2017 |
He was set on an adventure to be the hero. On his journey he was threatened by a falcon and a fish. He is saved by his terrible fate by his son. ( )
  Paige.2010 | May 3, 2017 |
Read for Book Store/Library assignment
  jet6 | Apr 8, 2017 |
I did not like this book because of the language that is uses. I think the story is a very good concept but I do not think children will understand the language. It is hard to follow along with the book when the sentences do not make sense. Also, you are only told what half of the sons get their name for but they use their "powers" throughout the book. ( )
  kkrume1 | Apr 5, 2017 |
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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.
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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