Anansi Is Ananse!

Anansi Is Ananse! : A 7th Edition Celebration

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LANGUAGE ARTS / CREATIVE WRITING / FOLKLORE Books for Growing Minds present ANANSI is ANANSE! "A 7th Edition Celebration." This delightful interactive folktale-drama (story) will engage both the reader and all whom have gathered around for the telling of this tale. Initially written by the author and published in a Simon and Schuster Anthology of African and African American storytelling, "Why Spiders Hide in Corners/Ananse Makes It So!" is now in its 7th edition and titled as "Anansi is Ananse!" This edition celebrates KWAKU ANANSE, a.k.a Anansi the Spider-Man and the longevity of the author's telling of this tale. "A 7th Edition Celebration" also celebrates the author's recent translations (June 2015) of the story into three major world languages, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. ANANSI is ANANSE! continues with our mission to publish folktales, stories and authors promoting the preservation of "oral literature" that encourages family time, wellness and meaningful play. Through our publications, Books for Growing Minds is dedicated to supporting family literacy, healthy social interaction and wellness through the art of storytelling. Anansi is Ananse! is a folktale-dance-musical drama that has been met with much success. It has been favored by children's librarians, university-level Drama and Literature classes, and children's theater. A middle school in South Carolina (USA) has begun dramatizing Anansi is Ananse! into a "FOLKTALE-POP-OPERA!" This celebration continues with the finding of files of the original illustrations that were presumed lost after not having them for 15 years. They were "rediscovered" in the files of a local copying center when the author visited for something else. The images of those original drawings done by Nutritionist-Artist, Verena Durrmeier, now grace the pages of this book in lively black and white fashion. "Ms. Durrmeier perfectly illustrated my idea of having cute, animated, friendly (and choreographed) spiders that even arachnophobes would not mind reading about," says the author. ANANSI is ANANSE! is a "let's do" story that promises to be fun for all. Enjoy! Books for Growing Minds "ANANSI is ANANSE! is one, powerful, little book. Not only does it so accurately and playfully depict the behavior of Ananse the spider-man, an ancient, timeless, folktale character, the book's Cultural Enrichment section after the story is rich with engaging information that will appeal to educators." L. Logan, Former Prince George County Schools (PG County, MD), Administrator/Educator "The students at Jasper Elementary love J'miah. (The teachers at our school find him to be a full partner in curricular planning and implementation of lessons and units.) J'miah can tell stories, write and direct plays that are performed school-wide, teach small groups and make children laugh and smile. If he had a cape, he could fly . . . at least the children think so." - Dr. Kathleen Thompson, Retired Arts Educator/Director of Cultural Projects (Georgia Council for the Arts) "The magic comes alive! The words will just leap off the pages as you read this to the little ones. This will become a classic tale at our house. Thank you!" Eric Sharpe, Creative Director/Owner of Digital Doc Computer Services "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." Dr. Otis S. Johnson, Former Mayor of Savannah, GA"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 3.3mm | 131.54g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514182378
  • 9781514182376

About J'miah Nabawi

About the Author A native of Philadelphia, PA, J'miah Nabawi is an award-winning, professional multi-faceted storyteller. Inspired and mentored by the late celebrated Mandinka Djeli (Griot) Djimo Kouyate, he soon found Linda Goss, the Official Storyteller of Philadelphia, mentoring him to become a professional storyteller. J'miah's engaging storytelling programming reflects the story-dance-musical drama of Africa and its Diaspora and the adaptations of stories from around the world. Through collaborations and corporate sponsorships, he has often served as Cultural Ambassador, Program Host for community programs and as a Parent Engagement Facilitator at various venues presenting cultural entertainment for family-friendly audiences. Bilingual in Spanish and a polyglot of sorts, J'miah has shared his brand of engaging, world-beat storytelling across the U.S. and Mexico in schools; museums; colleges and universities; religious and spiritual orders; and as a roster artist with various state arts councils, agencies and community organizations. "Awarded by the National Storytelling Network (NSN) of Jonesborough, TN, J'miah is an esteemed recipient of the 'ORACLE Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership, Southeast Region, ' for the contributions he's made to his community through storytelling." The Elijah Agencyshow more