Anansi and the Golden Pot

Author:

Taiye Selasi

Title:

Anansi and the Golden Pot

Publisher:

Dorling Kindersley

Nataka Books Reviews: 

Anansi and the Golden Pot

Anansi and the Golden Pot is beautifully illustrated by Tinuke Fagborun with not one detail out of place. The characters Kweku and Anansi are warm and real, the setting evoking the Ashanti region of Ghana...readmore


The story follows traditional African storytelling in a simple plot with no overbearing messages for young readers. As usual in a fable, there is a lesson. Cheeky Kweku is named Anansi after the story of the Spider. He makes a discovery but what will he do with it? The intrigue, sense of anticipation and sounds created by Taiye Selasi enchant as the story of the spider unfolds. One of the best children's books in the 5 year old category. 

-- Nataka Books Review

Nataka Books Full Review: 

Anansi and the Golden Pot

Anansi and the Golden Pot is beautifully illustrated by Tinuke Fagborun with not one detail out of place. The characters Kweku and Anansi are warm and real, the houses reflecting a real place in the Ashanti region of Ghana where the story is based and the storyline never stretches beyond simple storytelling to keep the little ones and adults reading for them interested and mesmerised by the tradition-inspired fable. 


The knowledge and understanding of local stories, having characters grounded in context and familiar with the subject, and intimate knowledge of the setting allowed the author Taiye Selasi and the talented Illustrator Tinuke Fagborun to modernise and enchant with this wonderful book.


We love that the story follows traditional African storytelling in a simple plot, with some mystery and fables included, with no overbearing messages for young readers. But, as is usual in a fable, there is a lesson in the tale. 


Cheeky Kweku is named Anansi by his father after the story of the Spider. He makes a discovery but what will he do with it? At first he hogs the magical pot he discovers when he visits his grandmother, before he learns the value of sharing. The magic, intrigue, sense of anticipation and sounds created by Taiye Selasi completely hold interest as the characters move through the story of the spider also called Anansi. One of the best children's books I have reviewed for 0-5 year old category. 


-- Nataka Books Review