Anansi Does the Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1997 - Anansi (Legendary character) - 32 pages
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Peppered with Verna Aardema's trademark ideophones--words that mimic actual sounds--this book makes an ideal read-aloud. Brilliantly realized characters and West African flavor come together in Desimini's extraordinary collage illustrations. Includes a glossary of West African terms and pronunciations. Full color.

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

"Long, long ago, when the earth was set down and the sky was lifted up, all folktales were owned by the Sky God." So begins this story about the iconic West African trickster figure Anansi, who ... Read full review

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User Review  - Raena Mceuin - Goodreads

Anansi is one of my favorite African folklore characters, and this book brings his tales to life for children otherwise unaware of such traditions. Anansi the Spider is determined to buy back the ... Read full review

About the author (1997)

Aardema grew up in New Era, Michigan as the third in a family of n ine children. A cedar swamp in the back of her house served a s her inspiration and retreat as a young aspiring writer.
* At Michigan State College, Verna took many writing courses, but none that were aimed at writing for children.She didn't think about the children 's book field until many years later, when she had to make up stories to get her baby daughter to eat.
* Verna writes mostly African folktales because of her fascination with that infinitely diverse continent. Out of its jungles, deserts, and great plains have come some of the most unusual and charming folktales in the world.
* As of today, Verna has published over 25 books and is still working on more. Her books have been translated into French, Spa nish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese and Afrikaans.
* Verna lives in North Fort Myers, Florida, with her husband, Albert.

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Desimini has created oil paintings as well as multimedia art for numerous children's books and adult book jackets.

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