This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
In the spirit of the Akan tradition of storytelling, author Abena DelAlma brings Ananse and Other Short Stories. This slim volume hopes to introduce today’s young generation to that age-old story of Ananse, a trickster assuming the form of a spider. This storybook incorporates five selected stories: two Ananse tales, a story between two brothers in There is Gold in the Land, a story on procrastination in Some Other Time, and a story about selfishness in Tortoise and the Birds of the Sky. DelAlma captures the voice and essence of these tales in a manner consistent with the oral tradition of storytelling.
Ananse and Other Short Stories is a great book to introduce children to the role of folktales in contemporary society. The sad fact is that many of today’s children are unaware of the rich, diverse stories that our ancestors have passed on from generation to generation. By presenting these five short folktales, the author may well spark a renewed interest among her target audience. These stories are among the fantastic narratives that reflect culture, values, and beliefs. This book deserves space in every school and library. With its easy to follow structure and twists, this little collection is certain to ignite the curiosity and interest of young readers. The important messages these stories carry and the embodiment of pride that DelAlma puts into this volume make this book worthy of an audience.