Ananse and the Lizard by Pat Cummings
A West African Tale

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Can the legendary trickster be out-tricked?

All the young men had gathered in the village courtyard to hear the Chief’s pronouncement: Whoever guesses his daughter’s name will have her hand in marriage, inherit half his riches, and become the next Chief. No one outside the palace had ever heard the royal daughter’s name.

In a stroke of luck Ananse the spider discovers the secret.

“I, Ananse the most wise . . . the most clever . . . I alone know the name of the Chief’s daughter! . . .”

But clever Lizard has plans of his own.

Pat Cumming’s lively retelling and vibrant illustrations capture all the mischief and humor of Ananse, one of the most popular characters of West African lore.

About Pat Cummings

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Pat Cummings was born in Chicago but grew up traveling with her military family all over the world. She has been writing and illustrating children's books since she graduated from Pratt Institute. In addition to her art for the Coretta Scott King Award winner "My Mama Needs Me" by Mildred Pitts Walter, Pat's luminous work includes "Angel Baby"; "Clean Your Room", "Harvey Moon!"; and the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award winner "Talking With Artists". She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, Chuku Lee, and the ghost of their cat, Cash.
Published October 1, 2002 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Ananse sees a notice announcing a contest to win the Chief’s daughter’s hand in marriage by guessing her name, he suspects she might be “a scrawny little thing,” but is tempted by the offer of half the Chief’s land and the prospect of becoming a chief himself.

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In an especially reptilian-feeling illustration, Lizard's thick green neck extends across a spread, his half-lidded eyes bulging and thin lips slyly smirking, as he procures Ahoafé's name from Ananse and claims her for himself.

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