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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gerald R. McDermott Narrator: John Joseph Akar Publisher: Weston Woods Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2015 ISBN: 9780545256537
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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, and authentic Ashanti language rhythms

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This profound story reaches children of many ages; younger ones see it as an exciting rescue story, but older children are intrigued by the larger themes of cooperation and ‘the whole being more than its parts.’”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A clever folk hero proves himself resourceful in this bold and poetic tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A Caldecott Honor Book
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About the Author

Gerald McDermott, a Caldecott Medalist, has received international recognition for his illustrated books and animated films. 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. He was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn while he attended high school in Detroit. Once in New York, he began to produce and direct a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell, and these films became the basis for McDermott’s first picture books. In addition to his books and films, he is primary education program director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.