Anansi and the Box of Stories
[A West African Folktale]
From the Series On My Own Folklore
The sky god Nyame owns all the stories in the world. He keeps them to himself in a box in his kingdom in the clouds. But Anansi thinks the stories should be shared by all creatures. So one day he strikes a bargain with the sky god. If Anansi can trick some of the earth’s fiercest and quickest creatures, Nyame will share his stories. Learn how Anansi wins the box of stories in this ancient tale from West Africa.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Brand||On My Own Books|
|Imprint||First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Reading Counts! Level||3.2|
|Reading Counts! Points||3.0|
|Dimensions||5.875 x 8.5|
|Guided Reading Level||N|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.2|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||114148|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Bibliography/further reading, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides|
School Library Journal
“Krensky’s retelling is simple and fast-moving, ably supported by Reeves’s illustrations.” —School Library Journal
Library Media Connection
“Each retelling is designed to appeal to those children who may have high interest but lower reading levels. " —Library Media Connection
“These lively, fast-paced classic folktales, in a format that is easy to read, will appeal to young readers in grades two through five. Colorful illustrations matched to the text and a glossary also assist new readers in developing their skills.” —MultiCultural Review
Author: Stephen Krensky
Stephen Krensky did not have the kind of childhood anyone would choose to write books about. It was happy and uneventful, with only the occasional bump in the night to keep him on his toes. He started writing at Hamilton College in upstate New York where he graduated in 1975. His first book, A Big Day for Scepters, was published in 1977, and he has now written over 100 fiction and nonfiction children's books––including novels, picture books, easy readers, and biographies. Mr. Krensky and his family live in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Illustrator: Jeni Reeves
Jeni Reeves is a painter and children's book illustrator with a background in communication and fine arts. Her illustrated picture books include authors' stories about world culture, history, biography, and folklore. Travel and study fuel Jeni's work, as does an abiding interest in history and language.
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On My Own Folklore
Folklore characters come to life in these magically illustrated titles. Each story shares both the facts and the fiction behind the tall tale and explains how the story became a part of folklore. View available downloads →