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    • Standard Color interior
    • 52 pages
  • Keywords
    • West African folklore,
    • Caribbean stories,
    • Animal adventures,
    • Jungle animals,
    • Spiders,
    • Funny stories,
    • Stories with morals

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It's Time for Tricks!
Seven African Tales
by Deborah Duncan

Anansi the spider may be the smallest animal in the forest, but he is certain that he is also the cleverest. He loves to play tricks on the other animals. But Anansi underestimates just how smart his friends can be: they often manage to trick him right back, using his own greed and laziness against him! In these seven trickster tales, Anansi outwits proud Snake and King Tiger, but he is outwitted by slow Turtle. He learns the hard way to respect the magical gifts he receives from Brother Breeze. And when Anansi discovers what might be his best trick yet, it is tiny, quiet Small Deer who thinks through the problem and makes things right with the other animals of the forest. These playful, humorous stories are perfect for audiences age 4 and up and readers age 6 and up. With vibrant illustrations by South African illustrator Toby Newsome and interesting details about West African and Caribbean culture, this book will entertain and educate readers while stoking their enthusiasm for trickster traditions around the world. Proceeds from this book will support grassroots organizations working in HIV and AIDS across sub-Saharan Africa.

"A spider and trickster stars in this collection of seven folktales...The tales are all brought to life with the help of the whimsical, colorful images by South African illustrator Newsome...A delightful introduction to African stories of tigers, lions, turtles, and a famous spider." -Kirkus Reviews

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Deborah Duncan was a children’s librarian for thirty-five years; she has enjoyed telling and retelling Anansi stories to many audiences. In 2021, she published her first book with FriesenPress, If You Could Have a Superpower… Duncan has four grown children and one brand-new granddaughter. She lives in Langley, B.C. with her dog, Mia. You can learn more about Duncan at


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