Ananse and the lizard : a West African tale

by Cummings, Pat.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
Available (10)
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Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction J 398.2 CU
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Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
 
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CLP - Hazelwood Children's Folk & Fairy j FICTION Ananse
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Collection  Children's Folk & Fairy
 
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CLP - Hill District Children's Folk & Fairytale j FICTION Ananse
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Collection  Children's Folk & Fairytale
 
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale j FICTION Ananse
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
 
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale j FICTION Ananse
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
 
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CLP - Mt. Washington Children's Folk & Fairytale j FICTION Ananse
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Collection  Children's Folk & Fairytale
 
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J 398.2 CUMMINGS
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Collection  Children Non Fiction
 
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Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J 398.20966 C91 PIC
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Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK 398.2 CUM
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South Park Library Juvenile j 398.2 CUM
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Summary

Can the legendary trickster be out-tricked?

All the young men had gathered in the village courtyard to hear the Chief's pronouncement: Whoever guesses his daughter's name will have her hand in marriage, inherit half his riches, and become the next Chief. No one outside the palace had ever heard the royal daughter's name.

In a stroke of luck Ananse the spider discovers the secret.

"I, Ananse the most wise . . . the most clever . . . I alone know the name of the Chief's daughter! . . ."

But clever Lizard has plans of his own.

Pat Cumming's lively retelling and vibrant illustrations capture all the mischief and humor of Ananse, one of the most popular characters of West African lore.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "PreS^-Gr. 3. In a tale from Ghana, Ananse the spider is overjoyed to hear that whoever guesses the name of the daughter of the village chief will be rewarded with her hand and half the kingdom. He's confident he'll be the "lucky" one--especially after he fortuitously hears her name spoken. However, as the boastful, opportunistic spider learns, not everyone is trustworthy, particularly sly Lizard, who has his own agenda. Cummings' lively prose and humor are a perfect match for the story. The boxed text is accompanied by gorgeous watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations, rich in color and lively pattern and detail that vividly portray the African setting, and there's an expressive cast of characters, animal and human, in both the dramatic close-ups and the expansive overviews. A prologue sets scene and mood and introduces the legendary trickster; a brief epilogue ties in the pourquoi aspect of why lizards stretch their necks. A real treat that will go into folktale collections and into the Ananse canon. --Shelle Rosenfeld"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The avaricious arachnid returns in this trickster-gets-tricked tale from Ghana. Ananse the Spider and scheming Lizard both aim to marry the chief's daughter and thus acquire half his kingdom. Potential husbands, however, must correctly guess the daughter's name; anyone who guesses incorrectly will have his head "chopped off and fed to the buzzards!" Cummings (Angel Boy) sets the scene with ample descriptions and asides, and dialogue helps expedite the lengthy narrative. "I, Ananse the most wise... the most clever... I alone know the name of the Chief's daughter!... And soon, I will be so-o-o rich!" the greedy Ananse announces after fortuitously overhearing the princess addressed as Ahoaf. Mixed-media paintings energize the retelling with dramatic use of color and detail. (Even Ananse, a stylized spider with human expressions, is arrayed in distinctive, multicolored West African garb.) The vantage shifts easily from an elevated spider's-eye view of a bustling village scene to a close-up of the villagers' expressive faces. In an especially reptilian-feeling illustration, Lizard's thick green neck extends across a spread, his half-lidded eyes bulging and thin lips slyly smirking, as he procures Ahoaf's name from Ananse and claims her for himself. With Ananse vowing revenge, the concluding lines explain "why a lizard stretches its neck"-because Lizard is still on the lookout. This dynamic book will keep readers on their toes, too. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Anansi -- (Legendary character) -- Legends.
Folklore -- Ghana.
Publisher New York :Henry Holt,2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
ISBN 9780805064766
0805064761 (alk. paper)
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