Anansi finds a fool : an Ashanti tale / Aardema, Verna.



In this Ashanti tale, retold from a story by Robert S. Rattray in Akan-Ashanti Folk-tales, Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1930, Anansi is a man and not a spider. The glossary on the copyright information page states that all West African folktales are called “Spider Stories” whether Anansi appears in them or not.In this picture book, a lazy, greedy man named Anansi wants to find a fishing partner that will do all the work while Anansi gets all the fish. Anansi’s wife tells Bonsu’s wife, who then tells Bonsu. Bonsu decides that he will become Anansi’s fishing partner, but tricks him into doing all the work. The following day, neither men gets any fish because of events that transpire involving a python and a crocodile, and Bonsu has one more trick that makes Anansi look like a fool in the eyes of the people at the market. Waldman uses watercolours to create bright, attractive illustrations that span over a two-page spread. The text of the story is presented against a light, multicoloured background and is framed within rectangles. Pictures are shown from a variety of perspectives, for example, close up, afar, and looking down from the trees. Facial expressions are realistic and engaging.


Africa, Anansi (Legendary character). Folklore, West. Mythical creatures-Spiders. Behaviour-trickery.

Reading Levels

Ages 7 - 8 / Grades 2 - 3

Publication History