By Stephen Krensky
The sky god Nyame retains the entire world's tales locked in a field. but when Anansi can trick many of the earth's fiercest and fastest creatures, Nyame will proportion his tales. Will Anansi be successful?
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Extra resources for Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale
Anansi started by carving a wooden doll. When he was finished, the doll looked almost real. Anansi covered it with sticky gum from a plant. 38 Anansi took the doll to the odum tree, where he knew the fairies played. He then pounded some yams in a bowl until they became a tasty paste. He put the bowl in the doll’s lap. Then Anansi tied a vine to the doll’s neck and went off to hide in the bushes. 40 Before long, Mmoatia came by. She saw the doll sitting alone under the odum tree. She also noticed the pounded yams.
He brings stories to Earth so that all creatures can enjoy them. Other parts of Anansi and the Box of Stories are taken from Akan and Ashanti culture and folklore. For example, the fairy Mmoatia has backwards feet, as fairies do in West African tales. And the sky god, Nyame, wears kente cloth. Kente is a brightly colored cloth traditionally woven and worn by the Ashanti. To learn more about Anansi and African folklore, see Timeless Tales of Anansi by Nathaniel Hosea Ormsby, Tiger Soup: An Anansi Story from Jamaica by Frances Temple, and A Pride of African Tales by Donna L.
And you will not answer. This is no way to behave. ” 43 Mmoatia grabbed the doll’s shoulder. She tried to pull her hand away, but it was held tight. She grabbed the doll with her other hand. SPLAT! Now Mmoatia was really mad. She kicked the doll with one foot and then the other. Both were then stuck as well. 44 Anansi stepped out from the bushes. ” he asked. Mmoatia vanished at once, but that did no good. Visible or not, her hands and feet were still stuck tight to the doll. 45 So Anansi spun a web around Mmoatia and brought her up to Nyame.