Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Very Tricky Spider

Have you heard of Anansi the spider? I hadn't until I bought ANANSI AND COMPANY by  my blogger buddy, Bish Denham. Anansi is a tricky little guy. He can be bold, he can be clever, he can even trick a tiger!
ANANSI AND COMPANY is a fun collection of retold Jamaican tales with Anansi as the star. I'm so glad that I met Anansi and read about his clever adventures. Not only is this collection an entertaining read at home, but I can also see this collection being used in classrooms while studying fables or folklore from various countries.

I give ANANSI AND COMPANY 8 out of 8 spider legs! :)
Congratulations to Bish on her fabulous collection! Cute illustrations, too!

About Anansi and Company

How do you escape a hungry tiger? Why do ram-goats smell? What happens if you get too greedy? In this collection of ten retold Jamaican stories, Anansi the spider tricks, sings, and dances his way into and out of trouble. But who is Anansi? It was the Ashanti of West Africa who brought the spider into the Caribbean. He clung tight to the web he wove in the minds of those who had been captured, surviving not only the harrowing passage across the Atlantic Ocean, but hundreds of years of slavery. As a trickster, Anansi has both good and bad traits, which makes him very human. Sometimes he wins, sometimes he loses. When he wins he dances and sings for joy. When he loses, he shakes it off and keeps on living, a lesson for us all.

About the Author
Bish Denham, whose mother's side of the family has been in the Caribbean for over hundred years, was raised in the U. S. Virgin Islands. She still has lots of family living there and visits them regularly. She says, "Growing up in the islands was like living inside a history book. Columbus named them, Sir Francis Drake sailed through the area, and Alexander Hamilton was raised on St. Croix. Pirates plied the waters and hundred of years of slavery left its indelible mark. It was within this atmosphere of magic and wonder that I grew up. My hope is pass some of that magic and wonder on to my readers."

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's a really cute book. Glad she was able to retell those stories.

Bish Denham said...

Thanks you, Kelly for giving Anansi a place to hang out! We both appreciate it.

Alex, I'm glad I got to tell the stories too.

E.J. Wesley said...

Really love the cover (and story concept) for this one! Congrats, Bish!

Jemi Fraser said...

I love the Anansi stories I've studied with my kids at school - this sounds like another great one! :)

Rena Jones said...

I just heard about this one recently. I hope I can get it soon. :)

Marcia said...

Yes, isn't Anansi cool? I never tire of looking at his facial expression on that cover. And I love your "8 out of 8 spider legs."

cleemckenzie said...

Bish's book is wonderful. So glad to see it here today.

Bish Denham said...

Thanks, E. J. As for the concept, old stories retold.

Jemi, if you are familiar with the Anansi, then these stories will fit in for you and your kids!

I hope you get it soon too, Rena. :)

I'm with you, Marcia. I couldn't be happier with the cover.

Thanks, Lee!

Kelly Polark said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone! So happy to share Bish's book with everyone!

Sherrie Petersen said...

Cute cover and of course I'm partial to stories from Jamaica :)

Bish Denham said...

Then you should enjoy these, Sherrie! Thanks for stopping by.

Missed Periods said...

I've never read stories from Jamaica. Very cool book.

Blue said...

I've put it on my list of books to buy. Thanks for the tip.

Lydia Kang said...

Congrats to Bish and what a great book! Congrats!

Bish Denham said...

Missed, it's never to late to read stories from Jamaica!

Thank you SO much, Blue! I appreciate it.

Lydia, Thanks for stopping by.