Anansi and the Golden Pot

DK. Feb. 2022. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780744049909.
PreS-Gr 1–The time-honored tradition of a bedtime story gets an upgrade with this tale of a boy who learns the lesson of truth, joy, and giving. Anansi’s parents read to him nightly about a clever spider who spins a web of life lessons into interesting stories. As the family travels on vacation, one of Anansi’s stories comes to life and his integrity is tested. While at the beach Anasi meets a spider, who challenges him to see beyond the coconut, which then turns into a magical pot. Although Anansi enjoys the pot alone for some time, he begins to realize his selfish ways are not only hurting him physically but emotionally, too. Selasi brilliantly explores family, tradition, and sharing with a stylish telling and grand show of humanity. The enchanting illustrations bring to life Anansi, family, and landscapes, creating a story of caring and sharing. Pair this with Patricia C. McKissack’s What Is Given from the Heart.
VERDICT Children will love this lesson of selflessness, in a fresh story that reads like a beloved old tale.

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