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Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have parents and family read to me a variety of children’s books that featured characters of different living situations, religions, skin colors, backgrounds, the whole nine.
It was good to know there was SOME diversity during the 90s, though it does not compare to the diversity among the kid’s picture books that are available now.
Gerald McDermott’s Anansi the Spider is one of those picture books that focuses on shedding light on lesser known cultures. In this case, the Ashanti tribe.
The story follows Anansi and his six sons who each possess their own strengths that help them both survive and be successful in the wild. To help save their father from a few troubling situations, the sons have to learn to work together and become one unit.
Initially published in 1973, the author mixed together the origins of the original Ashanti folktale as well as his own interpretation. The result? A well-structured children’s story that includes beautiful tribal illustrations that I enjoyed and I believe kids will too.
I’d recommend Anansi the Spider for children ages 5 to 9. Though, of course, I believe that no matter how old you are, anyone can enjoy a well-told childhood story.
Similar Book Suggestions:
- A Story, a Story by Gail E. Haley
- Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky by Elphinstone Dayrell
- The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen
- Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel L. Feelings
- Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
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