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The Spider Weaver: A Legend Of Kente Cloth

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
This is the legend of a master spider weaver and the remarkable gift she gave to the people of Ghana. The colorful patterns of its magical web were woven into the unique fabric of kente cloth.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Blue Sky Press
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Tom Stickings
May 07, 2012 Tom Stickings rated it really liked it
The Spider Weaver follows a very simple structure, yet stands out as a rich and engaging tale that children will undoubtedly enjoy. The story begins with two weavers from a tiny Ghanaian village who come a across a spider creating the most extraordinary patterns with its web. The men try to take the web home with them to show their village, but it is too delicate and falls apart in their hands. The men feel terrible, but, on returning to the spider’s location, they find that it is already making ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Lucy added it
Title (italicize): The Spider Weaver
Author: Margaret Musgrove
Illustrator (if separate from author): Julia Cairns
Genre: Non-European Folktale
Theme(s): teamwork, determination, problem-solving
Opening line/sentence (type directly from text): “Once, long ago, in the Ashanti village of Bonwire in the country of Ghana, there lived two expert weavers.”
Brief Book Summary (2-3 sentences in your own words): The book is about two men who find a web that really impresses them. They go back the next day to f
Apr 29, 2009 Jay rated it really liked it
Long ago in Gahana two weavers stumble upon a beautiful web and are inspired; they try to take it home to study it but it falls apart on them. They become despondent. Interestingly, it is the wife of one of the weaver’s who encourages them to find another one. They find and then watch a spider weave a similar web for hours; when they recreate the pattern themselves the result is Kente cloth. The watercolors capture – albeit a bit stereotypically – an African village and the jungle. The kente ...more
May 07, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
This was a big hit in my classroom. After teaching my students a little bit about Africa, and about Kente cloth in particular, I noticed that I had this book in my classroom library (and I honestly had never read it before)... so I skimmed through and decided to use it with my students. It is a folk tale (a porquoi tale...) that explains how Kente cloth came to be. Two weavers saw a beautiful spider web.... they wanted to copy it but when they tried to take it home with them, it was destroyed. ...more
May 01, 2009 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Our summer camp program is focusing on Gana- West Africa this summer. hildren will come and learn rhythms on hand drums.... dances to go with the rhythms.... they will create mud cloth and jewlery. They will have a closing ceremony wearing kente cloth and performing all that they learned in a village celebration. As a part of the program we infuse literature that relates o the experience. This is the book that our Visual Arts Specialist picked out. it is a lovely tale of two weavers who have a ...more
Lacey Bolen
Apr 07, 2015 Lacey Bolen rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much and think it could be incorporated in to the elementary classroom in many ways. The book is about weavers in Ghana and has beautiful illustrations that would help keep children's attention, as well as help them understand unfamiliar words. I thought it could be a good book to assign to a group in which they would read aloud to their classmates and research and present their findings about this culture. Along with this, other groups could research, present, and read ...more
Apr 14, 2015 Sam rated it it was amazing
I liked reading this book and looking at the illustrations. It was bright and the characters names were fun to say and I liked that it was simple enough for a preschooler to understand. I think this would be a great book to present in a classroom to talk about other cultures and traditions. There are many unique words that children could use their knowledge of context clues to guess their meaning. There is a pronunciation guide in the back along with more in depth information about kente cloths ...more
Mar 20, 2014 Mrdanallen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: allen-gradesk-5
The kente cloth is something that is literally foreign to me but it was very easy to get pulled into. This folklore picture book tells the mythology behind the creation of the colorful kente cloth in Africa. Essentially two men discover a beautiful web in the forest and they search to find the origin of it.

I would use this book when I teach mythology. Too many mythology lessons are western-centric and this is a good chance to share world mythology with a class. I would probably have my students
LeShea Green
Dec 11, 2015 LeShea Green added it
Shelves: folk
In this African legend two weavers discover a magical-looking spider web in the jungle. They find out it was made by spiders and ask the spider to teach them how to make it. The men return to their village and create complete patterns of their own, adding color and made their patterns into what we now know as Kente cloth.
Dec 21, 2014 Robin rated it liked it
A lovely book with amazingly vibrant colors with the legend of the Ashanti people and their weaving abilities intertwined.
Dec 09, 2013 Cris rated it liked it
I was happy to find an example of non-European folklore. The illustrations are interesting; they're in the style of the kente cloth which the story's about.
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When a spider teaches master weavers new designs, a new style of weaving is born.
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