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Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti Spiral-Bound | March 15, 1987

Gerald McDermott, Gerald McDermott (Illustrated by)

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Anansi the Spider is a 1973 Caldecott Honor Book.


Anansi the Spider is one of the great folk heroes of the world. He is a rogue, a mischief maker, and a wise, lovable creature who triumphs over larger foes.
Publisher: Macmillan
Original Binding: Paperback Picture Book
Pages: 48 pages
ISBN-10: 0805003118
Item Weight: 0.3 lbs
Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars 1,001 to 10,000 ratings
"The brief poetic text, complemented by geometric, African folk-style illustrations in pure, bold colors, provides a good introduction to this clever hero."--School Library Journal, starred review
Caldecott Medalist Gerald McDermott's illustrated books and animated films have brought him international recognition. He is highly regarded for his culturally diverse works inspired by traditional African and Japanese folktales, hero tales of the Pueblos, and the archetypal mythology of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It was his fascination with the imagery of African folklore that led him to the story of Anansi the Spider. McDermott was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Cass Technical High School, where he was awarded a National Scholastic Scholarship to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Once in New York, he began to produce and direct a series of animated films on mythology in consultation with renowned mythologist Joseph Campbell. These films became the basis for McDermott's first picture books. Among his many honors and awards are the Caldecott Medal for Arrow to the Sun, a Pueblo myth, and Caldecott honors for Anansi the Spider: A Tale from Ashanti and Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest. In addition, McDermott is Primary Education Program Director for the Joseph Campbell Foundation.