Divine in nature, Anansi creeps into the corners of life. Keeping pace with the scene, he makes friends, causes trouble, and seeks out what he covets most, food. He ties together a grand cast of characters, including a fierce tiger and a wee pig. Though he sets traps along the way, he lives for the moment each day. Can Anansi trust tiger? What will happen to wee pig? What do you feed that just keeps getting hungrier? You must read this book to find out!
Anansi and Company: Retold Jamaican Tales by Bish Denham is a great collection of fun stories and riddles. Anansi is a spider, a god, and a trickster. He wins some, and he loses some, but remains light-hearted either way. He holds the spirit of a god, but his nature is very human, and even when he fails, he carries on cheerfully. Anansi is a delightfully sticky character to scuttle along with, and his words point to truths that resonate within us all. I also really enjoyed the riddles, which are craftily woven into the pages. They will definitely keep you guessing! I recommend this book to anyone who likes folklore or gets tickled pink by a good myth. :)
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