Anansi and the Golden Pot

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 01 Mar 2022
DK, DK Children

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A West African story about the much-loved trickster, Anansi, retold and reimagined for a new generation by award-winning author Taiye Selasi

“Allow me to introduce myself.”
But he needed no introduction. “Anansi the spider!” said Anansi the boy. “The tales were true!”
“Traditional tales are always true,” the spider answered, laughing. “Nothing lasts so long as truth, nor travels quite so far.”
Award-winning author of Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi, reimagines the story of Anansi, the much-loved trickster, for a new generation. Kweku has grown up hearing stories about the mischievous spider Anansi. He is given the nickname Anansi by his father because of his similarly cheeky ways. On a holiday to visit his beloved Grandma in Ghana, Anansi the spider and Anansi the boy meet, and discover a magical pot that can be filled with whatever they want. Anansi fills it again and again with his favorite red-red stew, and eats so much that he feels sick. Will he learn to share this wonderful gift? 
This charming retelling of a West African story teaches readers about the dangers of greed, and the importance of being kind. Tinuke Fagborun’s colorful illustrations bring the magic and wonder of the tale to life. When you’ve finished sharing the story, you can also find out more about the origins of Anansi folktales. This is a beautiful storybook that little ones will treasure forever.
A West African story about the much-loved trickster, Anansi, retold and reimagined for a new generation by award-winning author Taiye Selasi

“Allow me to introduce myself.”
But he needed no...

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I very much enjoyed the retelling of the African folktale of Anansi. The illustrations accompanying the text are absolutely gorgeous. This is an excellent addition to collections of folklore and fairytales from around the world.

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Anansi and the Golden Pot is an adorably told and adorably illustrated story based on Ghanaian folktales of Anansi the trickster spider. It has good lessons about being generous with those you care about, and the story makes for a fun little adventure. It has some notes at the end about oral traditions, Anansi, and yummy West African foods that made for great extra reading. I would definitely recommend it!

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The book Anansi and the Golden Pot has beautiful illustrations and a lovely, conversational presentation of the story. The story retells the fable in a simple but charming manner. The illustrations are so bright and colourful, including many traditional patterns. The back of the book includes history of the fable of Anansi as well as more information about the oral storytelling tradition. The book also includes illustrations of foods that Anansi and his family might wish for! This is a great story for a classroom unit on fables or for counselor lessons on generosity and sharing.

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Loved this! Great retelling of a traditional Ghanaian tale. I found the story compelling and the illustrations beautiful. I really enjoyed the information on the story’s origins at the end of the book. Overall a great addition to any collection that strives to include diverse stories and traditions.

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5 stars!! Beautiful story and illustrations!! Excellent for a kids classroom or study on virtues.

This story has a wonderful message and bright colorful photos. I loved the cultural message of the book, with a classic story embedded of Ghana’s mischievous Anansi spider. This story is focused in generosity and how are hearts are filled with joy when we share. A treasure of a book!!

Thank you to NetGalley and the published DK for providing a digital copy of this book for my honest opinions.

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a ebook in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book to my 6 year old and we both loved it.

The message was great, the story was interesting and the illustrations were beautiful.

Plus there is the benefit of learning of lore from other countries, which was something I always loved as a child and is something that I want to share with my children as well.

I would love to read more by this author. Honestly, I think this book could be turned into a series with more lessons from Anansi.

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A modern Anansi tale with vibrant colors and a warm message for readers. I was hoping for more of a trickster tale, but it's a great introduction to the character and the history behind him. There's a note at the end telling more about Ghanaian food, clothing patterns, and oral tradition.

Thanks Netgalley for the ARC! All opinions are my own.

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As someone who fondly remembers reading stories of Anansi as a child, this book was wonderful to read.

The pictures are beautifully illustrated; you can see the spider-like lashes that Anansi is described to have. The pictures of food made me want to try each and every type being described. I loved searching for Anansi the spider in various pictures.

The story was very well done and enjoyable. Taiye Selasi has a great way of using words.

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This book is destined to be a classic. It teaches a lesson in a fun and captivating way. The illustrations were absolutely breathtaking. I cannot wait to be able to place a copy of this in my Little Free Library.

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Beautiful story! I love the artworks positive depictions of black people and black hair and even the details to clothing. This story shows greed is never good but to share with others.

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Thanks to D.K. Publishing and Netgalley for the free e-ARC. My unbiased review follows.

I was first drawn in by the cover art and description of this book. The interior artwork was equally vibrant and beautiful. The story was sweet and charming and conveyed a good lesson in sharing. I appreciated the glimpse into West African culture and lore and would recommend this for any child.

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"Do for me as you do for Spider! Fill with what I most desire!" Anansi and the Golden Pot is a wonderfully illustrated story about a boy named Kweku. His father gave him the nickname of Anansi. A name also shared with the legendary Spider. Anansi the boy and his family went on a trip to visit family and have adventure. Anansi enjoyed the food from his father's home and spending time on the beach. Meeting the Spider Anansi was life changing and taught him an important lesson. This was a great book to read with my young ones and I cannot wait to share it with my classrooms. Thank you Netgalley and DK Children for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I am beyond excited about this book. As a West Indie girl (half Jamaican - maternal side), this has made my heart sing in delight.
It is a charming retelling and reimagining of one of the world's famous tricksters_ Anansi the Spider.

It follows a young boy, Kweku, who is named after the infamous trickster and is even nicknamed Anansi by his father due to their similarities (i.e. curiosity and cheekiness). Kweku grows up hearing stories, until one day when he and his family go off to Ghana to visit his grandma, that the stories are true - the Spider is real!
They soon find this incredible pot that could be filled with anything they want. Can Anansi share? Guess who I'm talking about? The boy? The trickster? Both? You'll see!
I found this to be a beautiful story that's true to the well-known version(s). I think readers of all ages would love this book, including folkloric nerds like me.

Thank you so much, NetGalley, Taiye Selasi, Tinuke Fagborun, and DK Children, for the ebook for my honest review. Looking forward to my physical copy, which I already preordered from my local indie bookstore (Sisters Uptown Bookstore & Cultural Center)!

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There are few things I love more than traditional tales, and Anansi and The Golden Pot delivers! The story of a young boy who meets his namesake, Anansi the spider, on a family trip home to Ghana was so beautifully written and illustrated. The overarching theme was of generosity, and how the act of being generous can make your heart glow. There’s tradition and history perfectly blended with a fun and exciting tale for children of all ages that has the added bonus of being enjoyable to read as a parent as well. My young daughters loved it too and had so much fun looking at all of the different elements in the illustrations.

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In this modern retelling of the Anansi story, Anansi the boy meets Anansi the spider and learns the importance of sharing with those that you love. Gorgeous illustrations and full of West African food and culture, this is a great book to expose kids to new stories and places.

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This is a story about Anansi, a boy in Ghana named after the trickster spider god. During the book though, Anansi meets the original Anansi and learns a lesson along the way.

This was a really cute story with a great message! Plus the illustrations were beautiful.

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A gorgeously illustrated adventure with a lesson of generosity that will resonate with both young and young only at heart! Anansi loves hearing tales of Anansi the spider, a folktale from his father's native Ghana. On a trip to Ghana with his family, Anansi gets swept up into a magical adventure with a moral that will remain pertinent for the rest of his life.

Thank you to NetGalley and DK Children for the opportunity to read it early. All opinions expressed are my own.

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as someone who is going into early childhood education i am always looking for new childrens books, especially books from different cultures so i was delighted to be able to read an arc of this book. the illustrations are wonderful and warm and i love that the story involved cultural traditions/food/stories. the writing was a little repetitive in some places, but overall i really liked this book and i loved the moral of the story

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Anansi and the Golden Pot by Taiye Selasi is a book about a little boy, nicknamed Anasi because of his beautiful, spider-like lashes. He is named after a story of a spider named Anansi who visits the boy and gives him an empty golden pot. The boy is able to fill it will whatever he wants to fill it with, and he fills it with his favorite foods and keeps it hidden. He soon learns a lesson about sharing and not being greedy.

This was a sweet book with a good lesson for children. The pictures are vivid and colorful and my five-year-old was interested from beginning to end listening to this tale!

Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review.

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Anansi and the Golden Pot is a lovely retelling of the African folktale about Anansi the spider. The illustrations are fresh and vibrant and the story is poignant and relatable. Highly recommend!

Thank you @Netgalley for early access to this ARC in return for an unbiased and voluntary review

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First of all, I love the illustrations, especially the full page ones! My favorite quote is "Nothing lasts so long as truth, nor travels quite so far." The fable quotes are spot on! I would love to own this to read to my own children one day! I love the facts in the end, and the positivity of the trickster!

Thank you Netgalley and DK Children for the ARC!

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*received for free from netgalley for honest review* Really cool story, happy to see it in a book but like most stories it is best read aloud for sure! would buy.

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Rating: 5⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!!!!!!!!!
Book: Anansi and the Golden Pot
Release Date: RELEASES February 15, 2022
Author: Taiye Selasi
Genre: Children's Fiction

I love the Anansi stories. They are full of so much humor and teaches the reader lessons. My second graders loved our unit on Anansi the spider. This book is a different take of Anansi where a little boy has the nickname Anansi meet the spider and as always, the moral is rich and appropriate for the readers. The illustrations are very vibrant, and you get a feel of the culture of Anansi and his family. I would read this book to my kids or students, ages 2-10.

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This was such a lovely little book! I am only a little familiar with the tale of Anansi the Spider, but I love the idea of retelling folktales and mythology from a different lens for children. What a fantastic and engaging way for kids to learn about this historic tale and folk hero, and a fun way for parents to introduce mythology to their kids. The illustrations were colorful and engaging, and the story had perfect pacing. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while reading this book, from start to finish. It also had a wonderful little lesson on generosity vs. greed, which was beautifully written out for children. The lesson of the book wasn't too heavy-handed nor too subtle, which is sometimes hard to do in children's fic. All in all, I loved this book, and I can't wait to add it to my library! Highly recommend!!

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This is a great book for reading to preschoolers, and ages 3-7. What a wonderful addition to anyone's library collection.

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This was a fun reimagining of the West African tale of Anansi the Trickster! I loved how the author, Taiye Selasi updated it for a new generation. This is a great story for younger readers as it focuses more on learning a lesson than the trickster component of Anansi. Anasi's trick is used to get the little boy to cherish his family. It is a great story to teach children about the consequences of greed vs the gift of generosity. The illustrations were beautiful too. It has 100% read aloud potential! I would recommend to anyone and I especially recommend if you have a fable collection in your classroom or home.

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