Ananse Makes It So!

Ananse Makes It So! : Why Spiders Hide in Corners

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LANGUAGE ARTS / CREATIVE WRITING / FOLKLORE Books for Growing Minds present ANANSE Makes It So! The first in our series of publications for The ANANSE Reader, ANANSE Makes It So! was initially published in a best-selling Simon and Schuster anthology on African/African American storytelling with much success. Ananse Makes It So! has been favored by children's librarians, university-level Drama and Literature classes, and children's theater. The illustrations (the original line drawings) were done by artist-nutritionist, Verena Durrmeier. She perfectly renders J'miah's idea of having "non-threatening looking, cute, dancing spiders that even arachnophobes would not mind reading about." ANANSE Makes It So! can be found with a "Cultural Enrichment" section in the book, Anansi is Ananse! "A 7th Edition Celebration." ANANSE Makes It So! is now available in French as and also as a Mandarin Chinese/English bilingual edition. ANANSE Makes It So! is consistent with our mission to promote oral traditions and world literature that encourage family time, play and character-building through the art of storytelling. This is a "let's do" story that promises to be fun for all. Books for Growing Minds SUMMARY: Rabbit decides to visit his friend Ananse, the spider-man, whom he hasn't seen in quite a while. Wanting to celebrate their seemingly forever friendship, Rabbit invites Ananse to join him in making a drum. From his cozy hammock, Ananse refuses with excuses of being too sick to get involved with drum-making. Alone, Rabbit works hard at making his "friendship" drum. While Rabbit is resting from the day's hard work at drum-making, he soon finds Ananse playing his drum, the very same drum he was supposedly "too sick" to help make. Ananse ends up in an embarrassing situation that has carried over to the spider family this very day, one that we all may come face to face with from time time. . . .
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  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 2.29mm | 99.79g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508700591
  • 9781508700593

About J'miah Nabawi

A native of Philadelphia (PA), J'miah Nabawi's storytelling career was inspired by the legendary Mandinka Griot (Djeli), Djeliba Djimo Kouyate. This lead to the meeting and be-friending of Linda Goss (Mama Linda Goss), best-selling author and the "Official Storyteller of Philadelphia." Mama Linda Goss would eventually mentor J'miah onto the path of professional performance storytelling for young audiences where he has developed the brand of interactive performances for which he is known today. J'miah's upbeat storytelling reflects the story-dance-musical drama of Africa and its Diaspora. Bilingual in Spanish and a polyglot of sorts, J'miah also tell stories from other parts of the world and will spontaneously incorporate vocabulary, songs and text in the languages of Twi, Spanish, French, Chinese, Yoruba, Japanese and Ki-Swahili. J'miah's work with children and youth in under-served rural and urban areas has been recognized with Proclamations/Citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg, PA and by the City of Miami (Miami Dade City Council), Miami, FL. J'miah is also an esteemed recipient of the National Storytelling Network's (Jonesborough, TN) "ORACLE Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership, Southeast Region" for his "exemplary leadership to his community through storytelling." The Elijah Agency "This brother is a force. He doesn't just tell a story, he sings it, dances it and paints a picture that brings the past to the present, lighting a way for our future. ANANSE Makes It So! Is just like his storytelling, meaningful and fun! Best-selling author, Bertice Berry, PhD. "J'miah's work passes on tradition, teaches language, and helps develop a love of storytelling. ANANSE Makes It So! Is a lively, appealing book and consistent with who he really is-which is why we've continued to use him over the years for our library programs." Judy Strong, Retired Youth Services Coordinator, Live Oak Public Libraries, Savannah, GA "Mr. Nabawi is one of Savannah's most visible and favored storytellers. He has been the community's choice for various festivities, with no barriers on race, ethnicity, or age. Whether it is through the Live Oak Public Libraries, the Telfair Museum, local churches, schools, universities, the leadership and service that he continues to provide through his profession is legendary here amongst Savannahians." Former Mayor of Savannah, GA, Dr. Otis S. Johnson More about J'miah at www.
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