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When Tiger wins the lottery, Anansi convinces him to become his partner and buy a cattle ranch. Small but clever, Anansi outwits the bigger Tiger and ends up with all the cattle. Anansi is a well-known trickster figure found throughout West African and Caribbean folklore. This story combines contemporary elements such as a lottery with the traditional themes of the trickst When Tiger wins the lottery, Anansi convinces him to become his partner and buy a cattle ranch. Small but clever, Anansi outwits the bigger Tiger and ends up with all the cattle. Anansi is a well-known trickster figure found throughout West African and Caribbean folklore. This story combines contemporary elements such as a lottery with the traditional themes of the trickster.


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When Tiger wins the lottery, Anansi convinces him to become his partner and buy a cattle ranch. Small but clever, Anansi outwits the bigger Tiger and ends up with all the cattle. Anansi is a well-known trickster figure found throughout West African and Caribbean folklore. This story combines contemporary elements such as a lottery with the traditional themes of the trickst When Tiger wins the lottery, Anansi convinces him to become his partner and buy a cattle ranch. Small but clever, Anansi outwits the bigger Tiger and ends up with all the cattle. Anansi is a well-known trickster figure found throughout West African and Caribbean folklore. This story combines contemporary elements such as a lottery with the traditional themes of the trickster.

32 review for Brother Anansi and the Cattle Ranch

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bryan Wilson

    This Anansi tale from Nicaragua features Anansi playing a trick on his good friend Tiger. Of course, that could be said of most Anansi stories. It is written in English and in Spanish, but in either language the words are stilted and dry. For all the color in the illustrations, there is no color in the text. Take a pass on this one and look at Anansi stories closer to their West African roots.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rigg

    I mainly read this kids book because a) I love the myths about Anansi and b) it's written in both English and Spanish and I was trying to practice my Spanish and keep it fresh. It's a cute book, recommended to a bilingual kid or family.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This book starts out with a little history on Anansi: Brother Anansi, the spider, is a folk hero from the Ashanti people of West Africa. He also lives in the Caribbean, in Central America, and in North America - wherever African-American people tell his stories. Sometimes he is a man; sometimes he is a spider. Sometimes he is good; sometimes he is bad. But he is always very, very tricky. Since this falls under Central America, this book is written in both English and Spanish. I was surp This book starts out with a little history on Anansi: Brother Anansi, the spider, is a folk hero from the Ashanti people of West Africa. He also lives in the Caribbean, in Central America, and in North America - wherever African-American people tell his stories. Sometimes he is a man; sometimes he is a spider. Sometimes he is good; sometimes he is bad. But he is always very, very tricky. Since this falls under Central America, this book is written in both English and Spanish. I was surprised that there didn't seem to be an origin myth related in this story. And there didn't seem to be a cohesive message to the overall story. Otherwise, it was interesting to see Anansi pull one over on Brother Tiger.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    We've read a lot of books featuring Anansi tales and found this one at our local library. The story was entertaining, although quite predictable. It didn't have the pizzaz or the wonderful illustrations as the books by Eric A. Kimmel and Janet Stevens. But it was a fun story to read aloud and we enjoyed reading it together. We've read a lot of books featuring Anansi tales and found this one at our local library. The story was entertaining, although quite predictable. It didn't have the pizzaz or the wonderful illustrations as the books by Eric A. Kimmel and Janet Stevens. But it was a fun story to read aloud and we enjoyed reading it together.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Bilingual in Spanish and English. Bright colors, clear illustrations, although Brother Tiger is depicted as a jaguar due to the Central American setting. Human Anansi is successfully tricky in this one and gets away with stealing all of Brother Tiger's cattle.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hira

    good to promote persuasive writing

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    This was a good book to practice my Spanish.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sara K

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bethe

    What's special about this book is the Caribbean nature of the trickster tale, explained in a prelude of sorts on the first page (a whole page in the back for the rest of the sources of the tale). The Spanish is very readable. Wonder if the students will notice that the tiger is really a jaguar, difference explained in the back of the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  11. 5 out of 5

    Angel

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

  13. 4 out of 5

    BookDB

  14. 4 out of 5

    pa'tí m

  15. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gregori Garcia

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina Robinson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kasana Wallace

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zuzu Abdi

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mahalia Morgan

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lamar Haye

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tarjahthomas

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nasir Banton

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erica Mendoza

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anna Fennell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diane Coipel

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ruvanee Vilhauer

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  31. 4 out of 5

    Melecia Harrison

  32. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Olson

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