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Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti…

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti (original 1972; edition 1987)

by Gerald McDermott (Author), Gerald McDermott (Illustrator)

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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.
Title:Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti
Authors:Gerald McDermott (Author)
Other authors:Gerald McDermott (Illustrator)
Info:Henry Holt and Company (1987), Edition: 1, 48 pages
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Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott (1972)


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Independent Reading Level:1st/2nd
Awards/Honors: Caldecott Honor Book (1973)
  bjradcliffe | Oct 5, 2021 |
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. ( )
  wichitafriendsschool | Apr 18, 2020 |
  OakGrove-KFA | Mar 28, 2020 |
This origin story was unlike the others I had read. It was sophisticated and connected the origin story the spider, and the living siblings behind his being and named. It was implied numerous times that this oirigin story was based in West African and very important to the culture. Though it was slightly hard to follow at points, and the illustrations unlike what I was used to, I do understand that this is again due to the influence of individual culture. ( )
  hmolay | Mar 24, 2020 |
Based on the oral traditional folktales from the Ashanti region of West Africa (Ghana), Gerald McDermott tells the tale of Anansi the spider. McDermott does this by using the Ashanti dialect Twi while using rich African design motifs to tell the tale of Anansi. In this folktale, Anansi nearly loses his life but is saved due to his six sons and their unique skills, their names connect with the actions needed to save their father. I would rate this book 5/5 stars because, this book is perfect for all grade levels in Elementary school due to the bright, bold and blocky illustrations. The images and patterns in the book are reminiscent of the traditional Ashanti textiles and art, which will help students learn more of Ghanian culture. ( )
  mgreyt1 | Feb 24, 2020 |
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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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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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