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Anansí and the Sky Kingdom is another folktale from West Africa about the trickster spider Anansí. This timeless story is written by the award-winning creative team of Bobby and Sherry Norfolk. In this folktale, the world is dark and King Lion asks for someone to go to the King of the Sky to ask for light. Many animals try but all of them fail to bring light to the world. Finally, Anansí offers to take on the task after all of the other animals have failed. He uses his wits and trickster skills to successfully bring light to the world and all of the animals rejoice.

Interest Level: Ages 4-8
Guided Reading Level: I
Lexile Measure: 570L


Bobby and Sherry Norfolk share this classic folktale about the brave and clever spider, Anansí. Just like other folktales from the oral tradition, there is an underlying lesson to be learned from the story and Anansí and the Sky Kingdom provides valuable life lessons in character values. The story also highlights the attributes of courage and resourcefulness that Anansí the spider displays through his efforts to bring light to the world. Anansí might be a trickster but he puts his skills to good use to help others in the animal kingdom.


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