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Book Title: Anansi Finds a Fool: An Ashanti Tale|
Date of issue: September 30th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780803711655
The author of the book: Verna Aardema
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 622 KB
Edition: Dial Books
Read full description of the books Anansi Finds a Fool: An Ashanti Tale:Verna Aardema won the 1976 Caldecott Medal for her acclaimed book 'Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears' and an ALA Notable Book award for 'Who's in Rabbit's House' in 1977. In 1992, when she was 81 years old, Ms. Aardema published 'Anansi Finds A Fool: An Ashanti Tale'. A "fool" indeed. Most often, I have seen Anansi depicted as a mischevious spider; here, Anansi is a human being- an absolute dolt, if truth be told. Based on an African legend, this story tells the tale of Anansi the man- a man so simultaneously lazy and greedy that you find yourself hoping he does not succeed in his attempts to trick a friend.
Call me "species-centric"- but for me, this all would have rung truer if Anansi was indeed a spider. Anansi was savvy and resourceful enough to craft a fishing trap from the fronds a palm tree, yet he was too wrapped up in his desire to not tire from performing physical labor that he even lost touch with his feelings- both the emotional and the physical. Dangers abound in this otherwise harmless tale: Anansi is just too ignorant and self-absorbed to realize that their unleashings are all his own doing.
Whereas young, primary students may likely revel in Anansi's misfortunes and missteps; I found them summarily annoying. I kept waiting for him to catch on to his rival's reverse psychology, as surely Anansi the spider would have done...eventually, at least. It's bad enough to come up defeated in a private setting; it's far worse when the humiliation is public and the victim remains blind to it. (I believe, in today's venacular, this is known as being "clueless".) Young listeners will be captivated by the clever use of onomatopeia, should easily find the story's moral or lesson, but may not be sophisticated enough to appreciate the subtle role the women play in this tale. For me, as an increasingly curmudgeonly cynic, I really just wanted Anansi to finally wise up and become a collaborator. If not that, then at the very least- a spider.
Read information about the authorVerna Norberg Aardema Vugteveen (6 June 1911 – 11 May 2000), best known by the name Verna Aardema, was an American author of children's books.
Born in New Era, Michigan she graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. of Journalism in 1934. She worked as a grade school teacher from 1934 to 1973 and became a correspondent for the Muskegon Chronicle in 1951, which lasted until 1972, the year before she retired from teaching elementary school.
From the time she was a small girl, she knew that she would be a writer. She spent every free second reading anything she could get her hands on. In her Senior Year at Michigan State she won three writing contests, though not the first, they were the most influential in her decision to continue to follow her childhood dream. She first considered writing for children when her daughter refused to eat until she'd heard one of her mother's stories. These bribes were often set in the places that she had been reading about recently, and as she became more and more interested in Africa, they began to be set there more frequently.
In 1960 she published her first set of stories, Tales from the Story Hat which were very successful, and so she continued to adapt traditional tales and folklore from distant cultures, (usually from Africa and Mexico) to expose young children to the vast variety of human expression.
Her book, Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975), illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon, received the Caldecott Medal in 1976 and the Brooklyn Art Books for Children Award in 1977. Who's in Rabbit's House? 1977 was the 1977 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year and a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner in 1978. Aardema received the Children's Reading Round Table Award in 1981, and several of her works have been selected as Notable Books by the American Library Association. Her Oh Kojo! How Could You! won the 1984 Parents' Choice Award for Literature.
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