Friday, March 6, 2009

Childrens - Anansi the Spider

Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti (An Owlet Book)… by Gerald McDermott
Anansi the spider has 6 sons. Anansi runs into trouble and his sons find a way to save him. The all deserve a reward but only one reward is found, who to give it to is the dilemma. Maybe the ’God of all things’ (Nyame) can help.

****4 - I am not familiar with African folklore and mythology, this one is new and very interesting to me. While it was written in a different cadence than most kids stories, the kids followed easily and understood the story. It even left it open for more conversation, by not saying everything out right and letting the kids form the conclusions. Such brilliant geometric designs in the background of the pictures also led to talk about cultural differences between here (in North America) and there (set in Ghana, Africa), while the pictures of the spider brothers were colorful and well defined enough to make it easy to follow which was which. The kids really enjoyed the adventure of the father, Anansi and the ending, they liked it because they were able to tell me the meaning of the final page.

Feb 26, 2009

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