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By Stephen Krensky

The sky god Nyame retains all of the world's tales locked in a field. but when Anansi can trick the various earth's fiercest and fastest creatures, Nyame will proportion his tales. Will Anansi be successful?

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Osebo placed his paws on them. “The sticks are wobbly,” he complained. “I am doing the best I can,” said Anansi. ” Osebo crept up the sticks, keeping his head down. But when he was almost out, Anansi hit him over the head with a club. 35 Osebo groaned. Quickly, Anansi spun his strongest web string around the leopard and the sticks. ” Osebo roared. ” 36 “True enough,” Anansi admitted. ” Anansi returned to the sky god. Nyame was not surprised to see him. “I will take the leopard,” he said. ” Mmoatia the Fairy Anansi was happy he had captured three of Nyame’s creatures.

I said thank you,” Mmoatia said again. The doll remained silent. ” asked Mmoatia. “I have thanked you twice. And you will not answer. This is no way to behave. ” 43 Mmoatia grabbed the doll’s shoulder. She tried to pull her hand away, but it was held tight. She grabbed the doll with her other hand. SPLAT! Now Mmoatia was really mad. She kicked the doll with one foot and then the other. Both were then stuck as well. 44 Anansi stepped out from the bushes. ” he asked. Mmoatia vanished at once, but that did no good.

Then Anansi tied a vine to the doll’s neck and went off to hide in the bushes. 40 Before long, Mmoatia came by. She saw the doll sitting alone under the odum tree. She also noticed the pounded yams. ” she asked hungrily. 41 Anansi pulled on the vine he had tied to the doll’s neck. The doll nodded. Mmoatia started eating and eating. Soon the bowl was empty. She wiped her mouth and stood up. “Thank you,” she said to the doll. The doll said nothing. “I said thank you,” Mmoatia said again. The doll remained silent.

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