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Gail E. Haley

Autor(a) de A Story, A Story: An African Tale

22+ Works 1,577 Membros 58 Críticas

About the Author

Obras por Gail E. Haley

A Story, A Story: An African Tale (1970) 1,208 exemplares
Mountain Jack Tales (1992) 46 exemplares
Birdsong (1984) 40 exemplares
The Post Office Cat (1976) 32 exemplares
Jack Jouett's Ride (1973) 31 exemplares
Dream Peddler (1993) 29 exemplares
Jack and the Bean Tree (1986) 28 exemplares
Jack & Fire Dragon (1988) 27 exemplares
Sea Tale (1990) 26 exemplares
Kokopelli: Drum in Belly (2003) 24 exemplares
The Green Man (1980) 23 exemplares
Costumes for Plays and Playing (1977) 16 exemplares
Go Away, Stay Away (1977) 13 exemplares
Noah's Ark (1971) 13 exemplares
Puss in Boots (1991) 10 exemplares

Associated Works

Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom...and Lots More Learning Fun [1999 film] (2001) — Author & Illustrator — 30 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Locais de residência
Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Shuffletown, North Carolina, USA
Richmond Professional Institute
University of Virginia

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[from illustrator's website]
Gail E. Haley was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. She grew up in Shuffletown, a rural township just North of Charlotte. She learned the language and ways of country folk. But on weekends, she studied ballet and tap dance and took marimba lessons.

She also spent her Saturday afternoons at the Charlotte Observer where her father was art director. She learned how the newspaper was created. This knowledge, plus her love of reading, convinced her by the age of eight that she wanted to write and illustrate children's books.

At seventeen she attended Richmond Professional Institute, where she studied Commercial Art and Fashion Illustration. After two years, she married Joseph Haley, who was a graduate student at The University of Virgina. Gail became one of the first women enrolled at UVA, where she studied Fine Art.

An acclaimed author and award-winning illustrator of children's books, Gail has appeared at professional conferences, universities, libraries and schools throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Africa, and the United Kingdom.

In addition to the Caldecott medal she was awarded for the African tale, A Story, A Story, she has the unique distinction of being the only person to have that honor as well as England's Kate Greenaway medal which she received for The Post Office Cat. The Green Man was a Parent's Choice recipient. She also received Japan's Kodai Tosho award and the Kerlan award.

She served as Writer in Residence in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. Her art is housed in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. She taught puppetry at Appalachian State, has several puppetry and costume books to her credit and has twice been featured in this capacity on the PBS program, The Woodwright's Shop.

Interdisciplinary by nature, her presentations are educational and motivational. They can include storytelling and puppetry with the youngest children, an exploration of folktales and other genres (she has written numerous Jack Tales) with 3rd and 4th graders, along with art and illustration demonstrations, and of course those crucial creative writing techniques and critiques for the students in 4th grade and above.

Haley's masks and puppet collection from around the world, along with her books and storytelling, guarantee a multicultural experience, that will engage young learners as they explore the characters, critters, and countries she has created, encountered, and experienced.



The tale of how Ananse the spider man got his stories from the sky god.
mrsandersonreads23 | 51 outras críticas | Apr 14, 2024 |
PBEBOOKS | 51 outras críticas | Feb 10, 2023 |
Once, all the stories belonged to Nyame, the Sky God; he kept them in a golden box that sat next to his royal stool. Ananse, the Spider man, wanted to buy the Sky God’s stories. Spinning a web up to the sky, Ananse told the Sky God what he wanted.

Nyame laughed. And then he told Ananse the price for the stories.

Ananse was to bring Nyame three things: Osebo the leopard-of-the-terrible-teeth, Mmboro the hornet who-stings-like-fire, and Mmoatia the fairy whom-men-never-see.

Will Anase be able to meet the Sky God’s price? And if he does, what will he do with the stories?


This retelling of an African tale, winner of the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, is one of the many “spider stories” in the African tradition. These stories tell how defenseless men or animals outwit others and meet with success despite great odds.

Sprinkled throughout the telling of the tale are several African words; young readers will be able to tell what they mean by their sounds. Nyame laughs: twe, twe, twe. Ananse ran: yiridi, yiridi, yiridi. All the assembled nobles shouted: Eeeee, Eeeee, Eeeee.

The African practice of repeating words is also part of the telling of the tale; this repetition makes those words stronger.

Young readers are sure to enjoy reading the story filled with Ananse’s exciting adventures; the message that anyone who perseveres has the opportunity to succeed is one that is especially important for young readers to hear. The story itself is clever and captivating; young readers will find much to appreciate here.

Highly recommended.
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jfe16 | 51 outras críticas | Feb 7, 2022 |
How Ananse was able to overcome the various characters is the basis of the theme of using ingenuity to defeat great obstacles.
Because this is a myth, the reader is able to see the connection between the characteristics of a spider and one who "weaves stories."
riselibrary_CSUC | 51 outras críticas | Jun 7, 2020 |



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