Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Anansi the Spider stories

I posted a picture of a spider back around Halloween time. This is Anansi, a character with as much or more literary history than Charlotte of "the Web' and Brer Rabbit to whom he is related. Stories about Anansi, the trickster, come from West Africa. Clever Anansi who usually appears as a spider often has his trick backfire in some comical way.
I illustrated one of the Anansi stories for Childrens Press as part of the Adventures in Storytelling series. The cover art shown above has all the characters who appear in the story, the Sky God, a snake, a hornet, a leopard, and the spider.

1 comment:

Kat Mortensen said...

I was searching for a story from my childhood about a copper-coloured pony, but when I saw the reference to "Anansi", I recalled that as a child, I a book about Anansi from the library (sometime in the early 1970s)and when my father rescued a baby bird that had fallen from its nest, I called it "Yellow Kisander".

This was most inapt considering Kisander in this story was a cat. I presume the bird must have had some yellow in it.

You have a lovely blog. It's a shame you haven't got many comments. I'm going to share your link on Facebook, and perhaps some folks will check you out.