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West African Anansi Folktale One good meal deserves another

When will Anansi learn! West African folktale one good meal deserves another is a popular Anansi African folktale where Anansi thinks he is the most clever person in the room.


African folktale

African folktales are stories forming part of an oral storytelling tradition shaped by the tongues of African elders passed down from one generation to the next. Read with your child and share wonderful African folktales. Children enjoy listening to many types of African folktales learning from the wisdom and rich tradition of African storytelling. Folktales reflect the morals, superstitions, and customs of the African people.

Turtle
Turtle fixed a fine dinner

Anansi the Spider hated to share



When Turtle came to his house at mealtime, he said, "I can't give you food until you've washed your dusty feet!"


Turtle licked his lips when he saw the big plate of steaming food but politely walked to the stream to wash.


When he returned, the plate was empty.


"Good meal," Anansi said, patting his full stomach.



"One good meal deserves another!" said Turtle.



"Come to my house for dinner tomorrow."



Turtle fixed a fine dinner at the bottom of the river. "Come on down and eat!" he said.



Anansi filled his jacket pockets with stones so that he would be weighted down enough to stay at the river's bottom and eat.



"It's impolite to wear a jacket to dinner!" Turtle said, "Take it off!"




However, when greedy Anansi took off his jacket, he floated back up to the surface of the water and hungrily watched Turtle eat his fill!



Have you ever wondered...
How Tribal Marks Came To Be Used an African folktale

West African Anansi Folktale One good meal deserves another

African Folktales three facts

African folktales usually have sly animals and spirits as the main characters.

Anansi is one of the most beloved African folktale characters. He often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories.

Reading African folktales will help kids make connections to their cultural heritage.


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