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A Story A Story: An African Tale
Contributor(s): Haley, Gail E. (Author), Haley, Gail E. (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0689712014     ISBN-13: 9780689712012
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: February 1988

Annotation: Winner of the Caldecott Medal

Once, all the stories in the world belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. He kept them in a box beside his throne. But Ananse, the Spider man, wanted them -- and caught three sly creatures to get them.

This story of how we got our own stories to tell is adapted from an African folktale.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Classics
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore - Country & Ethnic - General
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places - Africa
Dewey: 398.209
LCCN: 87017412
Age Level: 4-8
Grade Level: Preschool-3
Lexile Measure: 590 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Physical Information: 0.2" H x 9.7" W x 9.8" (0.35 lbs) 36 pages
- Cultural Region - African
- Catalog Heading - Classics
- Curriculum Strand - Language Arts
Features: Ikids, Illustrated, Price on Product
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 01/15/1988
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 30634
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Publisher Description:
Discover how an African trickster god made it possible for people to tell stories in this brightly illustrated, Caldecott Medal-winning picture book.

Long, long ago there were no stories on earth for children to hear. All stories belonged to Nyame, the Sky God. Ananse, the Spider man, wanted to buy some of these stories, so he spun a web up to the sky to bargain with the Sky God. The price the Sky God asked was Osebo, the leopard-of-the-terrible-teeth, Mmboro the hornet-who-stings-like-fire, and Mmoatia the fairy-whom-men-never-see. Can Ananse capture these sly creatures and give the children of earth stories to tell?

Contributor Bio(s): Haley, Gail E.: - Gail E. Haley is a young but prolific author and illustrator. She has fourteen books to her credit, in addition to illustrating her husband's syndicated newspaper column, "Parents and Children." Miss Haley is the mother of two children -- Marguerite, age two, and another born shortly after she completed this A Story, a story. The idea for A Story, a Story came to Miss Haley as a result of living in the Caribbean. There she found stories in which tigers and leopards appeared. These, happily, are not part of the Caribbean fauna. And so she traced the origins of these stories back to their sources in Africa. She studied African folklore and culture in preparation for writing and illustrating this book, and to capture the flavor of the languages, the people, their customs and life styles. The woodcuts that illustrate this book were cut and printed by Miss Haley in her own print shop. She lives and works in New York with her family, surrounded by a large collection of early children's books, toys and games, cut outs and dolls, going back to the seventeenth century.
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