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Anancy and Mr. Dry-Bone attempt to win the hand of the beautiful Miss Louise by making her laugh.


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Anancy and Mr. Dry-Bone attempt to win the hand of the beautiful Miss Louise by making her laugh.

30 review for Anancy and Mr. Dry-Bone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Newman

    This book has beautiful illustrations that are very colourful and detailed. Although this is a traditional folk tale, the language lacks description and quality to make it an interesting and engaging read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    This is a brilliant book to introduce children to traditional tales from other countries and cultures. It encourages lots of opportunity for discussion. French has created an original story based on traditional Caribbean and West African folktales. However, in French's story, Anancy takes human form and is not a trickster. I would like to use this book with a Year 3 class. The story is of a rich man and a poor man competing to marry a clever and beautiful lady they both love. The moral of the sto This is a brilliant book to introduce children to traditional tales from other countries and cultures. It encourages lots of opportunity for discussion. French has created an original story based on traditional Caribbean and West African folktales. However, in French's story, Anancy takes human form and is not a trickster. I would like to use this book with a Year 3 class. The story is of a rich man and a poor man competing to marry a clever and beautiful lady they both love. The moral of the story is that you don't have to be rich to succeed in love and happiness. Anancy is creative and works with what he has to win the affections of Miss Louise. The artwork in this book is beautiful. It is full of double-page spreads with black and white Caribbean designs, interspersed with bold colours all set on warm water-colour backdrops. The artwork would be brilliant to study in class and recreate some examples to display around the classroom. To introduce the book, I could present the children with some Caribbean textiles with traditional colours and prints. We could also share some Caribbean foods and listen to some traditional music. At this point, I could also introduce the children to some characters (including Anancy) from traditional Caribbean folktales. I would like to use this book to compare life in the United Kingdom with life in the Caribbean. We could look at the United Kingdom and the Caribbean on a globe and in Atlases and discuss the different climates and reasons for this. We could explore a day in the life of a child their age and they could compare that with a day in their own life. We could also use the book to compare our traditional tales with traditional tales from the Caribbean. In English, we could write similar stories using other morals. I could provide a selection and the children could pick their own to write about. We could also explore Caribbean poetry and the children could write their own Caribbean style poems to display on the aforementioned artwork. Under the Moon and Over the Sea could be a good collection of poems to support this. We could explore traditional Caribbean musical styles and the children could compose their own to accompany some of their poetry. We could also look at how Caribbean music has influenced music in the UK. This would be a fun book to explore with a class!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura Bennett

    An interesting read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie Wingate

    Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone. I thought the story had a good moral, that money isn’t everything. Each man attempts to makw her laugh and in the end anancy asks helps from the animlas in winning her over and does so before saying anything to her. The brightly coloured pictures bring the story alive and would help the children imagine the story more vividly. I loved how entertaining and unique this story was and would be a good story to read with children to help them understand and appreciate the moral Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone. I thought the story had a good moral, that money isn’t everything. Each man attempts to makw her laugh and in the end anancy asks helps from the animlas in winning her over and does so before saying anything to her. The brightly coloured pictures bring the story alive and would help the children imagine the story more vividly. I loved how entertaining and unique this story was and would be a good story to read with children to help them understand and appreciate the moral of this story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Sandford-Marshall

    Fiona French tells the fictional story based upon folktales. Mr Dry-Bone and Anancy are hoping to win Miss Louise's heart, who will marry the man who makes her laugh first. Anancy's ridiculous clothes end up making her laugh. The vibrant illustrations provide a captivating read for whole-class story time. This text was used during 1st year Serial Days as the Year 1 class performance for World Book Day! Fiona French tells the fictional story based upon folktales. Mr Dry-Bone and Anancy are hoping to win Miss Louise's heart, who will marry the man who makes her laugh first. Anancy's ridiculous clothes end up making her laugh. The vibrant illustrations provide a captivating read for whole-class story time. This text was used during 1st year Serial Days as the Year 1 class performance for World Book Day!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Butler

    This traditional tale from the Caribbean is a wonderful book, particularly in this colourful edition, to introduce tales and folklore from the Caribbean and Western Africa. It tells the story of Anancy, a poor man, and Mr Dry-Bone, a rich man. The two are competing to marry Miss Louise, the first man to make her laugh will win. The narrative follows the antics the two men get into whilst trying their best to make Miss Louise laugh, with the ultimate result that Anancy wins her hand as she laughs This traditional tale from the Caribbean is a wonderful book, particularly in this colourful edition, to introduce tales and folklore from the Caribbean and Western Africa. It tells the story of Anancy, a poor man, and Mr Dry-Bone, a rich man. The two are competing to marry Miss Louise, the first man to make her laugh will win. The narrative follows the antics the two men get into whilst trying their best to make Miss Louise laugh, with the ultimate result that Anancy wins her hand as she laughs at his ridiculous outfit. This carries the moral that you do not have to be rich to succeed and be happy. This is a bright and appealing picture book that would be attractive to any primary school student, particularly when used in a relevant topic/lesson to support learning. It would work well to be read aloud, even to older year groups as it is silly and engaging throughout but could lead to much deeper thought and discussion. Using diverse literature such as this is so important and must not be forgotten when studying topics such as traditional tales. Ensuring that a classroom and lessons are always using diverse resources and texts will help students recognise and learn about different cultures, particularly Caribbean and African stories that may otherwise be forgotten. My biggest drawback with this text was the concept of two men competing for a woman. However, with open conversations with students I think we would be able to see through this element and get to the moral; that money does not equal happiness. Cross-curricular ideas English Once traditional tales have been introduced, it would be really interesting to introduce traditional tales from different cultures such as this- think about similarities and differences to stories we are used to Could be used as an aid to write a tale based on a piece of folklore or traditional story Could also be used when talking about stories that have a moral at the end- also as an aid if children were to write a story with a moral of their own Geography Resource for the comparison of cultures between the United Kingdom and the Caribbean, especially regarding the animals, clothing and buildings that are featured in the book. This could lead to more cross-curricular links to Music, Food Technology etc. to explore how these elements of life are also different in the Caribbean. Art The artwork in this book is beautiful and rather unique when compared with modern English picture books, it would be a worthwhile activity to have children copy and adapt the art style for themselves- in particular the black and white patterns that continue throughout the book. It would also be an interesting endeavour to explore whether this an artwork native to the Caribbean or Western Africa and where the author/ illustrator got the idea to illustrate the story in this way.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Tavner

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a delightful story that is based on characters from traditional Caribbean and West African folk-tales. The vibrant illustrations most definitely bought this story to life. This story shows Anancy as a comic hero rather than in his usual role as trickster. A very hip Anancy, in human form, borrows amusing clothes from various animals. By making Miss Louise laugh for the first time, he wins her hand. His rival, a skeleton conjurer named Mr. Dry-Bone, good-naturedly wishes them well. I enjo This is a delightful story that is based on characters from traditional Caribbean and West African folk-tales. The vibrant illustrations most definitely bought this story to life. This story shows Anancy as a comic hero rather than in his usual role as trickster. A very hip Anancy, in human form, borrows amusing clothes from various animals. By making Miss Louise laugh for the first time, he wins her hand. His rival, a skeleton conjurer named Mr. Dry-Bone, good-naturedly wishes them well. I enjoyed how the story reflected that money doesn't always get you what you want. This story has many different lesson ideas in the forms of PSHE that could be explored, such as: • Learning about new cultures and how they differ from ours. • Comparing different lifestyles - Life in the Caribbean vs life in England • Friendship • Compare how our traditional tales differ to those in the Caribbean

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alice Maton

    An interesting folktale where two men try to win the love of Miss Louise by making her laugh. Anancy goes to the animals in the jungle to ask for help, they lend him clothes to impress Miss Louise and in the end looks so silly he makes her laugh. It has simple words and story line but the pictures and colours are what makes it. It has good use of contrast between characters, lines and positions to discuss their significance. It reminded me of another traditional tale, 'the girl who married a gho An interesting folktale where two men try to win the love of Miss Louise by making her laugh. Anancy goes to the animals in the jungle to ask for help, they lend him clothes to impress Miss Louise and in the end looks so silly he makes her laugh. It has simple words and story line but the pictures and colours are what makes it. It has good use of contrast between characters, lines and positions to discuss their significance. It reminded me of another traditional tale, 'the girl who married a ghost' where the girl was picky about who to marry so the ghost borrowed body parts from people in town and when he gave them all back, she was married to a ghost.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Cumberlidge

    Whilst I thought this was a charming book, with lots of potential for interesting discussion, I found it lacked "pick up" appeal - I could not get my children interested in reading this, based on the way it looked (so for that reason I give it 4 stars). Personally, however, I really liked the pictures and colours, reflecting the African folk heritage of the book. The moral of the story (that being humble makes you a better and more appealing person to be with) is also valuable, and it comes to a Whilst I thought this was a charming book, with lots of potential for interesting discussion, I found it lacked "pick up" appeal - I could not get my children interested in reading this, based on the way it looked (so for that reason I give it 4 stars). Personally, however, I really liked the pictures and colours, reflecting the African folk heritage of the book. The moral of the story (that being humble makes you a better and more appealing person to be with) is also valuable, and it comes to a heart-warming end.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rosie

    Based on characters from Carribean and West African folktales, Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone, a poor and a rich man, want to marry Miss Louise and try their hardest to do so. Miss Louise has never logged so which ever man manages to make her laugh wins. The illustrations in this book are so eye catching, somehow they manage to be quite simple but also never detailed. However the narrative isn’t anywhere as engaging as the illustrations which sadly makes the reader (me) switch off and lose interest half Based on characters from Carribean and West African folktales, Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone, a poor and a rich man, want to marry Miss Louise and try their hardest to do so. Miss Louise has never logged so which ever man manages to make her laugh wins. The illustrations in this book are so eye catching, somehow they manage to be quite simple but also never detailed. However the narrative isn’t anywhere as engaging as the illustrations which sadly makes the reader (me) switch off and lose interest half way through the book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura Stefanovic

    This book engages young children and enables imagination and creativity to occur throughout. Although it is a short novel, at the beginning it states about not being rich and this is reinstated at the end when he wins her over regardless; therefore reinforcing how being rich does not always win what you are after. An important message put across to children in a way which also carries a humorous story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Taylor

    This is an original story but it incorporates characters from traditional Caribbean and West African folktales. Bold and beautiful illustrations with African patterns, designs and colours. It's a moral story that shows that money cannot buy love and happiness. Anancy meets different animals that help him and this would be a good story for children to retell and to make up their own animals and the gifts that they give. This is an original story but it incorporates characters from traditional Caribbean and West African folktales. Bold and beautiful illustrations with African patterns, designs and colours. It's a moral story that shows that money cannot buy love and happiness. Anancy meets different animals that help him and this would be a good story for children to retell and to make up their own animals and the gifts that they give.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Abi Richardson

    This is a lovely colourful and entertaining book for young children. It encourages lots of discussions and highlights to children than money isn't everything, and that you do not need to change yourself to impress others. But instead, you should be yourself and let people love you for who you are as everyone is individual. It is also good for children to see different cultures and tales from around the world. This is a lovely colourful and entertaining book for young children. It encourages lots of discussions and highlights to children than money isn't everything, and that you do not need to change yourself to impress others. But instead, you should be yourself and let people love you for who you are as everyone is individual. It is also good for children to see different cultures and tales from around the world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Niamh

    Although this story is short, I think it offers children an important message that being rich does not always make you successful, its more about being creative with what you have. I really liked the colourful double page illustrations used in this book and I think it provides a good opportunity for class discussion.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Helen Meaney

    Based on Characters from West-African folk tales. There is a great YouTube video where the story is part narrated and part acted out by children. I would use this in Years 3 and up. It would be interesting to ask the children what they would do to make Miss Louise laugh and also to see why they thought that laughter was so important to her.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Clemmie Hill

    A humorous short picture-book where Anancy tries to will the heart of Miss Louise, who will marry the person who makes her laugh. Through borrowing his friends' (alligator, parrot, monkey etc) items, he unintentionally makes Miss Louise laugh, by looking silly! Filled with dialogue and beautiful illustrations, this is a very fun read. A humorous short picture-book where Anancy tries to will the heart of Miss Louise, who will marry the person who makes her laugh. Through borrowing his friends' (alligator, parrot, monkey etc) items, he unintentionally makes Miss Louise laugh, by looking silly! Filled with dialogue and beautiful illustrations, this is a very fun read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Mills

    Fun

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Zann

    I didn't much care for the story but the illustrations alone make this book one worth having. I didn't much care for the story but the illustrations alone make this book one worth having.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Frances Coe

    Sweet story with the most beautiful illustrations. My (5 year old) daughter and I enjoyed reading this together... she felt as though there needed to be a “marriage picture”!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alice Rea

    This book fits in really well with the topic of ‘traditional tales’ and how such stories/tales like this one are still remembered today. From looking at the reviews for this book, most people are delighted to see this tale receiving such enjoyment nowadays as they did 30+ years ago when they were taught it in their schools. Similarly, this book is synonymous with contemporary society with the current climate of BLM (Black Lives Matter) movements, whereby remembering such African culture is essen This book fits in really well with the topic of ‘traditional tales’ and how such stories/tales like this one are still remembered today. From looking at the reviews for this book, most people are delighted to see this tale receiving such enjoyment nowadays as they did 30+ years ago when they were taught it in their schools. Similarly, this book is synonymous with contemporary society with the current climate of BLM (Black Lives Matter) movements, whereby remembering such African culture is essentially important to be recognised. I feel as though the pictures in this book are bright and colourful, whilst also representing the tale well, which would be interesting to any keen reader.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Campbell

    Very beautifully illustrated traditional tale.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Georgina Broadway

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone is a very interesting tale about two men who compete to marry the same woman. It is based on traditional Caribbean folklore but Anancy takes human form in this version of the tale rather than taking the form of a trickster. I think this book would be best used in early KS2. The moral of this tale is to find love, happiness and to make someone laugh you don't need any wealth or conjuring tricks. Anancy wins Miss Louise’s hand because he was spent all day trying to find clo Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone is a very interesting tale about two men who compete to marry the same woman. It is based on traditional Caribbean folklore but Anancy takes human form in this version of the tale rather than taking the form of a trickster. I think this book would be best used in early KS2. The moral of this tale is to find love, happiness and to make someone laugh you don't need any wealth or conjuring tricks. Anancy wins Miss Louise’s hand because he was spent all day trying to find clothes to impress her but ends up with things that aren't quite right because what he wants isn’t available which makes her laugh. This demonstrates that being yourself can be of more benefit than being able to afford and source the most appropriate items and to ‘look the part.’ I really enjoyed the focus on humour as I think it is important that children see the value in this. I didn’t quite like the notion of two men competing over one woman and that she has to choose one as I think this may be a little old fashioned – but I think the moral of money not securing happiness makes it informative for children still. The repeated contrasting between the two male characters make the story very accessible to children. I enjoyed the colourful illustrations that went with this traditional tale, and I felt this would grab a young readers attention. I felt there was a cultural element to this tale that would be helpful to readers to teach them about other areas of the world. It is clearly set in the Caribbean or West Africa due to the illustrations. There are animals we don't have in the UK and the buildings and clothing is more colourful, with traditionally Caribbean elements such as the colours red green black and yellow together. I think that this offers a lot of opportunities within the classroom to create beautiful artwork using Caribbean and West African traditional styles. Different materials could be used to demonstrate the styles of clothes worn in the tale. Additionally, this tale could be incorporated in geographical learning to compare the differences in lifestyle and clothes between the Caribbean and West Africa and the UK. This would be helpful in broadening the children’s understanding and acceptance of the differences between cultures. Additionally, I think this tale has a strong moral belief upholding it. Therefore, I think in English this could be used. Children could write their own creative tale based on a moral they strongly believe in.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    I enjoyed the book as it teaches a good lesson about imagination and creativity. It also teaches children the idea that being rich does not guarantee victory. The book is not very long and has about one paragraph on each two-page spread, which makes it a quick story time read. The cover of the book is bright and colourful and children may be interested in this book due to this reason. Although the story is short, there are some words which are advanced, such as ‘conjuring’ which might make it dif I enjoyed the book as it teaches a good lesson about imagination and creativity. It also teaches children the idea that being rich does not guarantee victory. The book is not very long and has about one paragraph on each two-page spread, which makes it a quick story time read. The cover of the book is bright and colourful and children may be interested in this book due to this reason. Although the story is short, there are some words which are advanced, such as ‘conjuring’ which might make it difficult for beginner readers. Based on the bright and colourful illustrations and the values that the book presents, this is a good book to for children from the ages of five to seven.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mumtaz Hussain

    Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone by Fiona French This is a story which is based on an original West African and Caribbean folktale. It is an interesting read which has some beautiful illustrations. Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone are both in love with Miss Louise and want to marry her. Miss Louise has never laughed her whole life and they both want to make her laugh so she will marry them. They both do lots of funny things in order to try to woe Miss Louise and it has a lovely happy ending. This book is slightly unus Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone by Fiona French This is a story which is based on an original West African and Caribbean folktale. It is an interesting read which has some beautiful illustrations. Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone are both in love with Miss Louise and want to marry her. Miss Louise has never laughed her whole life and they both want to make her laugh so she will marry them. They both do lots of funny things in order to try to woe Miss Louise and it has a lovely happy ending. This book is slightly unusual in comparison to the majority of books but is one that is a must have for your book case. It is good to have a variety and bit of spice in your book and this is one of them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mathew

    As with Little Inchkin, French has created some beautiful artwork in her telling of an Anansi story but the rich African language or Caribbean is lost, especially when compared to Berry's Anancy Spiderman. On saying this, the illustrations are great fun but the narrative needed work since it works without any pictures. As with Little Inchkin, French has created some beautiful artwork in her telling of an Anansi story but the rich African language or Caribbean is lost, especially when compared to Berry's Anancy Spiderman. On saying this, the illustrations are great fun but the narrative needed work since it works without any pictures.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leanne Proctor

    I loved reading this book with my year 3 class. It is very colourful with a Caribbean theme and art deco feel. Tells the story about a woman who only wants to marry a man who makes her laugh- but who will she choose? A rich man or a poor man? I recommend this book for whole class reading as there are lots of opportunities for class discussion. Good for RE, Geography and literacy lessons.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Abbie Baines

    When the rich Mr Dry Bone meets the very clever and very beautiful Miss Louise he falls in love instantly, but what tricks will he need to perform to make her laugh and win her heart? And how will the poor Anancy Compete? Follow the two on a journey to capture her heart. Beautiful illustrations and a lovely story for children aged 5-8 years old.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Little Miss and the Legomeister

    The story's really kind of silly, and not much of an Anancy trick, but I love the gorgeous black and white and colorful patterned settings. The story's really kind of silly, and not much of an Anancy trick, but I love the gorgeous black and white and colorful patterned settings.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corryn

    I loved this book as a kid! The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is fun and has a great message!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Awesome illustrations

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