Bunmi Oyinsan’s Adventures of Anansi and Sewa Spider – A Rainy Day breaks through labels and norms in the gentlest of ways. It is many things, but most importantly, it’s a children’s book that’s filled with the joys, delights, and simplicity of childhood.
With colourful pictures and an easy-to-read language, the pages carry every child to a place where everything is possible. Where spiders with four hands and four feet can wear clothes, play board games and play in the rain, where daddies can prepare lunch in the kitchen and the world is filled with joy even in gloomy weather.
I read this 33 paged story with my little ones, and seeing the excitement on their faces as they swiped to a new page, was pure bliss (not the biscuit, but close). We had so much fun, especially when we got to sing ‘rain, rain, go away!’
I think what makes it more profound is the vivid picture it paints about family life. Took me back to those days we played ‘willy, willy, willy’ but this time Daddy was the one in the kitchen cooking rice, and I’m all for it.
Adventures of Anansi and Sewa Spider is definitely a book for all ages. The kind of light reading that leaves you with a feel-good-feeling (I know!) or maybe a cynical one depending on your disposition.
It is simple, child-like, straight forward and perfect for starting your child’s library. It’s really one of those bedtime stories that would stay with a child for a long time, and maybe inspire them to pick up a pen, pencil, or crayon. Who knows?
A beautiful read indeed. Nostalgic, educating, true, and pure.
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Review by Calm