By Stephen Krensky
The sky god Nyame retains all of the 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 prevail?
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Extra info for Anansi and the Box of Stories: A West African Folktale
Thank you,” she said to the doll. The doll said nothing. “I said thank you,” Mmoatia said again. The doll remained silent. ” asked Mmoatia. “I have thanked you twice. And you will not answer. This is no way to behave. ” 43 Mmoatia grabbed the doll’s shoulder. She tried to pull her hand away, but it was held tight. She grabbed the doll with her other hand. SPLAT! Now Mmoatia was really mad. She kicked the doll with one foot and then the other. Both were then stuck as well. 44 Anansi stepped out from the bushes.
And you will not answer. This is no way to behave. ” 43 Mmoatia grabbed the doll’s shoulder. She tried to pull her hand away, but it was held tight. She grabbed the doll with her other hand. SPLAT! Now Mmoatia was really mad. She kicked the doll with one foot and then the other. Both were then stuck as well. 44 Anansi stepped out from the bushes. ” he asked. Mmoatia vanished at once, but that did no good. Visible or not, her hands and feet were still stuck tight to the doll. 45 So Anansi spun a web around Mmoatia and brought her up to Nyame.
Other parts of Anansi and the Box of Stories are taken from Akan and Ashanti culture and folklore. For example, the fairy Mmoatia has backwards feet, as fairies do in West African tales. And the sky god, Nyame, wears kente cloth. Kente is a brightly colored cloth traditionally woven and worn by the Ashanti. To learn more about Anansi and African folklore, see Timeless Tales of Anansi by Nathaniel Hosea Ormsby, Tiger Soup: An Anansi Story from Jamaica by Frances Temple, and A Pride of African Tales by Donna L.