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Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

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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.

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Anansi the Spider is a 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.

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In this traditional tale from West Africa, Anansi, the Spider, sets out on a long journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his six sons should he reward? The color, splendid design montage, and the authentic African language rhythms forge a new direction in picture books for children. Caldecott Honor Book. Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.

About the Author

Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott's illustrated books and animated films have brought him international recognition. He is highly regarded for his culturally diverse works inspired by traditional African and Japanese folktales, hero tales of the Pueblos, and the archetypal mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It was his fascination with the imagery of African folklore that led him to the story of Anansi the Spider. McDermott was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cass Technical High School, where he was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Once in New York, he began to produce and direct a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. These films became the basis for McDermott's first picture books. Among his many honors and awards are the Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun, a Pueblo myth, and Caldecott honors for Anansi the Spider: A Tale from Ashanti and Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest. In addition, McDermott is Primary Education Program Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805003116
Adapted:
McDermott, Gerald
performance Narrated:
McDermott, Gerald
Author:
McDermott, Gerald
Publisher:
Henry Holt & Company
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Children's stories
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Spiders
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - African
Subject:
Spiders -- Folklore.
Subject:
Anansi (Legendary character)
Subject:
Ashanti.
Subject:
Anansi
Subject:
Folklore, Ashanti
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Caldecott Honor medal
Subject:
Folkfore, Ashanti
Subject:
Ashanti (african people)
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore / Country & Ethnic
Subject:
Family/General (see also headings under Social Issues)
Subject:
Animals - Insects Spiders etc.
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Owlet pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Picture Book
Series Volume:
34
Publication Date:
19870331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from P to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
4 3/4 in. +
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-08

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"Synopsis" by , In this traditional tale from West Africa, Anansi, the Spider, sets out on a long journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his six sons should he reward? The color, splendid design montage, and the authentic African language rhythms forge a new direction in picture books for children. Caldecott Honor Book. Lewis Carroll Shelf Award.
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