Anansi the spider may be the smallest animal in the forest, but he is certain that he is also the cleverest. He loves to play tricks on the other animals. But Anansi underestimates just how smart his friends can be: they often manage to trick him right back, using his own greed and laziness against him! In these seven trickster tales, Anansi outwits proud Snake and King Tiger, but he is outwitted by slow Turtle. He learns the hard way to respect the magical gifts he receives from Brother Breeze. And when Anansi discovers what might be his best trick yet, it is tiny, quiet Small Deer who thinks through the problem and makes things right with the other animals of the forest.
These playful, humorous stories are perfect for audiences age 4 and up and readers age 6 and up. With vibrant illustrations by South African illustrator Toby Newsome and interesting details about West African and Caribbean culture, this book will entertain and educate readers while stoking their enthusiasm for trickster traditions around the world.
Proceeds from this book will support grassroots organizations working in HIV and AIDS across sub-Saharan Africa.