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A Story, a Story by Gail E. Haley
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bookshelves: africa, caldecott, children-s-literature, concierge, culture, illustrated, library, short-stories

The subtitle of this Caldecott-winning picture book is: An African Tale Retold. When living in the Caribbean, Haley was intrigued by the folk tales featuring leopards and tigers, animals not indigenous to the region. She traced the origin of such stories to Africa, and further studied African folklore so she could capture the flavor of the languages, the people, and their customs. Haley explains in the introduction that many African stories, even if they are not about Kwaku Ananse (the “spider man”) are called “Spider Stories.” This book is about how that came to be.

The illustrations are detailed, vibrantly colored and effective in supporting the story. You can practically hear the angry buzz of the hornets, or the quiet hum of conversation among the villagers as they watch Kwaku Ananse spin his web to the sky so he can visit the Sky God.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
February 21, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 28, 2017 – Shelved
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: africa
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: caldecott
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: children-s-literature
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: concierge
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: culture
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: illustrated
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: library
February 28, 2017 – Shelved as: short-stories

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