Did you ever wonder why spiders have no hair? After reading Anansí and the Pot of Beans, you too will know the answer. This classic folktale from Africa, written by Bobby and Sherry Norfolk, tells the story of when Anansí goes to help his grandmother. Upon arrival he finds her steaming, hot pot of beans, which he can't resist. This is where the fun begins. Anansí and the Pot of Beans is a charming story that is entertaining while also teaching important life lessons in character values about responsibility and trust.
Interest Levels: Ages 4-7
Guided Reading Level: K
Lexile Measure: 540L
The Anansi stories are always entertaining for kids of all ages because the spider trickster keeps landing in some kind of adventure. His troubles are typically due to his own greed or an impulsive decision. Anansí and the Pot of Beans is a great story for children with a vivid imagination and a good sense of humor. It is also a good example of a cause and effect story that can be helpful to use as a teaching point. Educationally, this folktale presents themes about listening, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness. Finally, Anansí and the Pot of Beans is a book that is worth reading out-loud and discussing with children from preschool through 2nd grade.