The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories


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The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories
By Adwoa Badoe
Illustrated by Baba Wague Diakite
Age 7-10 years

A collection of Ananse stories that were told to the author as he was growing up in Ghana. 

The tales of Ananse, the spider trickster, deal with the important issues that face us all - justice, money, food, marriage, vanity and self-respect. Sometimes Ananse succeeds and things go his way; other times he makes a fool of himself and is ashamed - but never for very long. Many elements of these stories can be found in other trickster tales - those of African origin, like the Uncle Remus stories, and those of aboriginal American groups, like the coyote tales of North American  native cultures and the jaguar tales from Central and South America.

Why Ananse Lives on the Ceiling
Ananse and the Feeding Pot
Ananse Becomes the Owner of Stories
Ananse the Even-handed Judge
Ananse the Forgetful Guest
The Mat Confidences
Ananse and the Pot of Wisdom
Ananse and the Singing Clock
Why Pig Has a Short Snout
Ananse and the Birds 


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