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Adventures of Anansi and Sewa: Rainy Day is an adventure story for children written by Bunmi Oyinsan and illustrated by Natalia Cano. Anansi and Sewa Spider wanted to go outside and play. It was school vacation, and what better way to spend it than playing outdoors? Unfortunately, it was also a rainy day complete with thunder and lightning. What could the two young spider siblings do while they waited for it to stop raining? Anansi and Sewa looked in each room of the house, but nothing was nearly as much fun as playing outdoors. They finally decided to ask their dad if they could go outside and play in the rain. Daddy Spider said no and suggested a board game, painting, or a game of hide and seek. He offered to make them a fun lunch. Suddenly, Anansi noticed that it had stopped raining, and the clouds seemed to be going away. He wanted to go out and tried to get Sewa to go out with him -- but had it really stopped raining?
Bunmi Oyinsan’s Adventures of Anansi and Sewa offers young readers an all-too-familiar scenario. School vacations are made for going outdoors and having fun, but what can you do when it’s raining? Daddy Spider has some good ideas, but sometimes going out is the only solution. What do you do then? Oyinsan’s story is a gentle reminder that sometimes going out and getting wet can be a lot of fun too, no matter how young or old you may be. This story is a grand selection for storytime and can lead to discussions of what to do on a rainy days. I also loved seeing Anansi Spider, who is a legendary folk hero in many cultures, as a young child and appreciated how spiders, which are frightening to many children, become just a bit less intimidating through exposure to them in this tale. Adventures of Anansi and Sewa is also written in a manner that makes it an excellent primer for young readers to try on their own. They’ll enjoy the bright and cheerful illustrations of artist Natalia Cano, whose panels make Anansi and Sewa come to life brilliantly. Adventures of Anansi and Sewa: Rainy Day is most highly recommended.