The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse stories

Adwoa Badoe

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Synopsis: Drawing on the rich vein of traditional African stories featuring the spider Ananse, Ghanaian author Adwoa Badoe and Malian illustrator Baba Wagué Diakité bring young readers a marvelously witty and entertaining collection of ten tales about this legendary spider swindler. The tales deal with important issues that everyone faces — justice, money, marriage, vanity, self-respect, and more — but couch the heavy lessons in lively folktales. Ananse sometimes succeeds; other times he makes a fool of himself and is ashamed — but never for long. Many elements of these stories can be found in other trickster tales, including those of African origin like the Uncle Remus stories and those of aboriginal American groups like the Native American coyote tales and the jaguar tales of Central and South America.

From School Library Journal: Gr 2-5-Badoe relates 10 tales featuring the trickster Ananse. As usual, he is sometimes successful in his clever schemes, and at other times he meets with disaster. Whatever the outcome, he is always ready for more. Readers meet him as he becomes the owner of stories through his cleverness, as well as the thief who is stealing from his own three sons and climbs in a corner of his house to hide his shame. According to an author's note, Badoe's primary source for the material was her own recollections of the tales she heard as a child in Ghana. Her versions are both witty and have the ring of authenticity. Diakit‚ creates stunning, glazed earthenware tiles in rich, vibrant tones. One full-page reproduction of a tile is used to introduce each story and each one is a delightful enticement for delving into the narrative. This is an entertaining read from start to finish and a first purchase for most collections.

Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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