By Stephen Krensky
The sky god Nyame retains the entire world's tales locked in a field. but when Anansi can trick a few of the earth's fiercest and fastest creatures, Nyame will percentage his tales. Will Anansi be successful?
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Extra resources for Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale
Nyame was not surprised to see him. “I will take the leopard,” he said. ” Mmoatia the Fairy Anansi was happy he had captured three of Nyame’s creatures. But how would he ever capture Mmoatia? ” he asked Aso. “You cannot find her,” Aso said. ” 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.
I do not care about lessons now,” said Osebo. “I care about getting out. ” “Perhaps I can help,” said Anansi. “I see some long sticks here. ” said Osebo. ” 33 So Anansi put down the sticks. Osebo placed his paws on them. “The sticks are wobbly,” he complained. “I am doing the best I can,” said Anansi. ” Osebo crept up the sticks, keeping his head down. But when he was almost out, Anansi hit him over the head with a club. 35 Osebo groaned. Quickly, Anansi spun his strongest web string around the leopard and the sticks.
But Anansi thinks the stories should be shared by all creatures. So one day he strikes a bargain with the sky god. If Anansi can trick some of the earth’s fiercest and quickest creatures, Nyame will share his stories. Learn how Anansi wins the box of stories in this ancient tale from West Africa.
Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale by Stephen Krensky