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A Story, A Story: An African Tale

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ISBN13: 9780689712012
ISBN10: 0689712014
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Winner of the Caldecott Medal andlt;BRandgt;Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them — and caught three sly creatures to get them. andlt;BRandgt;This story of how we got our own stories to tell is adapted from an African folktale.

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Winner of the Caldecott Medal

Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them — and caught three sly creatures to get them.

This story of how we got our own stories to tell is adapted from an African folktale.

About the Author

Gail E. Haley is a young but prolific author and illustrator. She has fourteen books to her credit, in addition to illustrating her husband's syndicated newspaper column, "Parents and Children." Miss Haley is the mother of two children — Marguerite, age tow, and another born shortly after she completed this book.

The idea for this book came to Miss Haley as a result of living in the Caribbean. There she found stories in which tigers and leopards appeared. These, happily, are not part of the Caribbean fauna. And so she traced the origins of these stories back to their sources in Africa. She studied African folklore and culture in preparation for writing and illustrating this book, and to capture the flavor of the languages, the people, their customs and life styles.

The woodcuts that illustrate this book were cut and printed by Miss Haley in her own print shop. She lives and works in New York with her family, surrounded by a large collection of early children's books, toys and games, cut outs and dolls, going back to the seventeenth century.

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KOwens1130, January 19, 2009 (view all comments by KOwens1130)
I read this story for a Literature for Children class at my university. It is a brilliant story about creative thinking, wit and humor. I love the culture it displays and the lesson behind the story. I would read this to my future students.
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Rogued-one, September 24, 2008 (view all comments by Rogued-one)
I grew up on this story. I'd have my mom read it to me at least twice a night. It's a fantastic tale of wit, and determination!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689712012
Retold:
Haley, Gail E.
Publisher:
Aladdin Paperbacks
Retold by:
Haley, Gail E.
Retold:
Haley, Gail E.
Author:
Haley, Gail E.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Picture books
Subject:
Picture books for children
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country/Ethnic-General
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Subject:
Folklore -- Africa
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - African
Subject:
Childrens classics
Subject:
Caldecott Medal; Caldecott; Caldecott winner; folktales; Sky God; Ananse the Spider; Ananse; Spider; just-so stories; just so story; Africa; African folktale; gift of the gods; woodcut; woodcut illustration; fable; culture; tradition; timeless; classic
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
B221
Series Volume:
n. 6
Publication Date:
February 1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
36
Dimensions:
10 x 10.12 in 5.81 oz
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
4-8

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Winner of the Caldecott Medal

Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them — and caught three sly creatures to get them.

This story of how we got our own stories to tell is adapted from an African folktale.

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