Bibliographic Information: Haley, Gail E. A Story, A Story: An African Tale. New York: Atheneum, 1970. Print.

Brief Annotation: This is an African Folktale about Nyame, the Sky God, who kept all of the stories of the world in a box beside his throne. Ananse, the Spider Man, wanted them. In order to attain them and set them free, he had to endure a challenge in which he had to catch three sly creatures.

Genre: Fiction/African Folktale

Grade Level: K – 5

Reader who will like this: Imaginative and creative readers will surely enjoy this story in addition to readers who like learning about other cultures. For those who like visuals, the illustrations provided are eye catching. This would be a great story to use for reader’s theater.

Rating/Response: 5 – This is one of my favorite children’s books of all time. I love how the African culture is brought into the story and the illustrations truly add to the text. It would be a blast to have students act out the story.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: This story is an African folktale. What does that mean and why? Do you know of any other folktales?

Reading Strategy: Visualization

Rationale for Strategy: I would love to read this story aloud without showing students the accompanying illustrations. It would be fun to have them create their own illustrations, and then show them the illustrations included int he book later on. The language used is very vivid, making visualization a key component when reading.

Posted by: Emma Henke


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