Note: I took the basic story and rewrote it – Pauline Gallagher
I have a new ebook coming out called “Ranger Jabari and the African Animals.” Jabari and his two ranger friends are travelling the Serengeti Plains to look for sick animals and to prevent poaching.
During rest breaks and around the nightly campfire, Ranger Jabari is asked to tell African folk tales. Here is one called “How Anansi Became the Story Teller.” This ebook should be on the shelves before or just after Christmas, 201
Once there were NO stories in the world. The Sky-Go, Nyame, owned them all.
The trickster spider, Anansi, knew that he would have great power if he owned the stories. He could tell the stories and humans would give him food, money and precious gems.
“How much money do you want for the stories?” asked Anansi, trying not to be too interested. “I don’t have much money?”
“Ha! Ha!” thundered the Sky-God, Nyame. “I don’t want money. What would I do with it up here in the sky? I want to send you on challenging adventures. I want to see you fight and sweat and struggle.”
“What would you have me do? O, great one. O, magnificent one!”
“Don’t try to flatter me, Anansi. I know you are the trickster!”
Anansi hid his face to show that he was sorry, but he wasn’t sorry at all.
He wanted to trick the Sky-God and anyone he met.
Nyame watched Anansi and decided to put great challenges his way. Nyame hoped that the trickster would fail and he would still keep the stories.
“Here is a list, Anansi. Bring back Onini the Python, Osebo the Leopard, and the Mboro Hornet.”
Anansi was worried and said to himself, “I will either be strangled, eaten or strung to death.”
Anansi listened to the Sky-God as he laughed and laughed until the laughter turned to thunder and it rained.
Anansi went under a big leaf to avoid the rain. He began to think of the stories and it gave him courage. He was the trickster and there were only three challenges. He would win!
Anansi went to where the Python lived.
He spoke out loud, “Creatures of the forest, I do nto think Python is as long as a palm tree. I will cut one down and we can measure him.”
Slowly, one by one birds, creatures and insects came out. Then, slithering up to Anansi came Python’s wife, Aso.”
She looked Anansi in the eye. “My husband is longer than any palm tree.”
The Python appeared, he was really, really long.
He agreed to lie along the fallen palm tree. Anansi shook his head. “Python you cannot make yourself completely straight, so it is hard for me to measure you. Let me straighten you out by tying you to the palm tree.”
Python agreed and the Python was easily captured. The villagers watching were scared of Anansi’s magic tricks and so they carried off the Python on the tree to where the Sky-God would appear.
“One down – two to go!” Anansi said to himself.
Anansi heard the sound of the leopard. He dug a deep hole and the leopard fell in. Anansi made himself larger than the leopard. He offered his web to lift leopard out of the hole. Leopard was now stuck in Anansi’s webs and the trickster brought him to where the villagers had put the Python on the pole.
“Two down – one to go!” laughed Anansi.
To catch the hornets, Anansi had to trick them into thinking that it was raining. He filled a big calabash with water.
“It’s raining, “ Anansi shouted as he held a banana leaf over his head and poured water. Nothing happened. Anansi then poured water over the hornet’s nest and yelled, “It’s raining, it’s raining!” The hornet came crawling out of their flooded nest. They shook the water off themselves and looked stunned.
“Hornets, come and crawl into the empty calabash. I can give you this as a gift. This can be your dry new home.”
When the last hornet was in the calabash, Anansi sealed the opening.
“Three done – none to go!” cheered Anansi.
When Nyame, the Sky-God awoke early the next morning. He heard Anansi calling. Nyame pushed the clouds apart and looked at the captured Python, Leopard and Hornets.
Before giving Anansi all the stories, the Sky-God warned him, “Anansi be careful of the words you use in the stories. They can bring love or hate and war or peace.”
Look at for my coming ebook called “Jabari and the African Animals.”
No other person has the identical set of finger prints as you.
Feeling Good About Yourself
Don’t measure yourself against others. Some students will be smarter than you and other students will need your help. You were not born to be perfect, but to be just you. There are somethings that you cannot change. Other things can be changed later. The secret is to be WHO YOU ARE and that involves being cheerful, kind and generous with things you own. (Don’t lend expensive things)
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
Have Happy Thoughts
When possible have happy thoughts. Believe in yourself. Yes, there are things that you cannot do, but there are more things that you can do. Don’t dwell on people who don’t like you. Make friends with people who respect and want you to succeed. Do the same for them.
Don’t Let Others Change You
If you don’t feel comfortable about what others say about you, then just find new friends. True friends accept you as you are – but don’t forget, we can always become a better person. Don’t hide. Gain the courage to answer questions in class. Have an opinion and make sure it is backed up with facts.
Thomas Edison told people that he failed a thousand times before he invented the light bulb. Remember that pencils have erasers because people make mistakes.
Lady Gaga said, “Sometimes in life you don’t always feel like a WINNER, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a winner.” Be unique and shine in your own way. Beauty is not only on the outside but its in the inside.
Lady Gaga also said,“At the end of the day, you won’t be happy until you love yourself.”
And know that nobody can put you down, unless you allow them to.
This is YOUR Life
Remember this is YOUR LIFE so be happy. There is a difference between self-acceptance and self-improvement. Both need to go together.
Self-acceptance is liking who you are – with your gifts and failures.
Self-improvement is wanting to become a better person. Sometimes, it takes time and patience. Some times it takes hours, days or months to improve a skill such as a sport. Self-improvement can be learning three new words each day. Self-improvement is reading and doing your best at school. Self-improvement is seeing someone, maybe your mom or dad, and knowing that you can help them. You have the ability to do all these things. Just trust yourself. You are your own best friend.
Kids in Your Class
What kind of Personality Do You Show?
A wise person once said “a smile is a key to life.” Nobody can be happy every moment of the day. Everyone has problems.
Sometimes, you can share a problem with a good friend. It is nice when that good friend can share a problem with you.
Everyone needs attention or to be noticed. However, some people want attention ALL THE TIME. They can get it by constantly being the class clown – everything is a joke. They can put people down by making fun of them. They often stick out their tongues or make funny faces.
That is not nice. Some kids moan and groan ALL THE TIME to get attention. After a while, nobody wants to be around them. You are feeling happy and after talking with these constant moaners, you start to feel sad or angry.
Some students show off and constantly boast about their marks, or how rich their parents are or show off their new clothes and possessions. Some kids show off by being rude; they swear to get attention.
Then there are the girl and boy bullies. They need attention and often pick on smaller kids. Don’t ever join a bully. That is what he or she wants to feel important.
CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY
A friend may hurt your feelings at times and you may do the same to your friend. You should know that a friend will not betray you or talk behind your back. You can trust a friend. To have a great friend – be a great friend, too. A friend does not put you down. Both you and your friend or friends should support one another. A friend is happy when you win or achieve something great.
WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU?
No one is perfect and we all make mistakes. The idea is to learn from your mistakes and become a better person. Here are some questions that only you can answer. Be honest!
Are you a happy or unhappy person most of the time?
2. Do you congratulate others?
3. Do you smile and laugh or have a frown on your face.
4. Do you bully others?
5. Do you try to stop bullying or join in?
6. Do you behave in class?
7. Do you take your school work seriously?
8. Do you welcome new students, players, etc?
9. Are you a leader or a follower?
10. Do you seek attention all the time?
11. Do you let others play with your group of friends?
12. Do you accept students of other races and religions?
13. Do you call students nasty names?
14. Are you a good friend to someone?
15. Do you lie or cheat or steal?
16. Are you honest and kind.
17. Do you treat all nature (birds, animals, insects) with respect and kindness?
18. Do you help your parents and thank them often?
19. Do you help and respect all your family members?
20. Do you help your teacher or teachers? and lastly, “Do you like yourself?”
There is a voice inside of you
that whispers all day long,
‘I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.’
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
or wise man can decide
what’s right for you – just listen to
the voice that speaks inside.