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Macmillan Children's Book

Anansi the Spider

A Tale from the Ashanti (Caldecott Honor Book)

King of Scars Duology (Volume 49)

Author: written and illustrated by Gerald McDermott

Anansi the Spider

Anansi the Spider


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Anansi the Spider is a 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.

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A 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.

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.

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“The brief poetic text, complemented by geometric, African folk-style illustrations in pure, bold colors, provides a good introduction to this clever hero.” —School Library Journal, starred review

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