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Featured Children's Book: The Pot of Wisdom by Adwoa Badoe

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Featured Children's Book: The Pot of Wisdom by Adwoa Badoe

Groundwood Books, 2008

Drawing on the rich vein of the African Ananse tradition, Ghanaian author Adwoa Badoe and Malian illustrator Baba Wagué Diakité bring us a marvelously lively, witty and entertaining collection of ten tales about this spider trickster.

These Ananse tales deal with the important issues that face us all - justice, money, food, marriage, vanity and self-respect. Sometimes Ananse succeeds and things go his way; other times he makes a fool of himself and is ashamed - but never for a long time. Many elements of these stories can be found in other trickster tales - those of African origin, like the Uncle Remus stories, and those of aboriginal American groups, like the coyote tales of North American native cultures and the jaguar tales from Central and South America.

Adwoa Badoe was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa and moved to Canada as an adult. Her first Childrens book, Crabs for Dinner was published in 1995. Since then she has published The Queen's New Shoes, The Pot of Wisdom and Nana's Cold Days. Her website is

Baba Wagué Diakité was born and brought up in Mali, where he is currently building the Toguna Cultural Center. An author and illustrator, his book The Hunterman and the Crocodile was named a Coretta Scott King honor book and The Hatseller and the Monkeys won the Aesop Prize. He is also the illustrator of Jamari's Drum and The Pot of Wisdom. He lives in Bamako, Mali, and Portland, Oregon.

From the catalogue. Read more about The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories at the Groundwood Books website.