An African Folktale: A Story, a Story
In the African tradition of storytelling the character of Kwaku Anansu, the “spider man”, exists. And though he may not appear in every story, people refer to the African Folktale as a spider story. These stories from Africa traveled around the world as people from Africa were shipped to far away lands. Later generations changed the names of some of the characters. They needed these familiar stories to make sense in their new, local surroundings which were far removed from their African origins.
Repeating the same phrase is a tool used to emphasize it. So this story, A Story, a Story, is the story of how we get stories. It is based on an old African story.
A Story, A Story won the Caldecott Medal in 1970.
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