A Story a Story

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A Story a Story
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AuthorGail E. Haley
IllustratorGail E. Haley
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's picture book
Publication date
398.2/096 E 19
LC ClassPZ8.1.H139 St 1988

A Story a Story is a book written and illustrated by Gail E. Haley that retells the African tale of how the trickster Anansi obtained stories from the Sky God to give to the children of the earth. The book was produced after Gail E. Haley spent a year in the Caribbean researching the African roots of many Caribbean tales.[1] Released by Atheneum, it was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1971.[2]

The book was animated by filmmaker Gene Deitch for Weston Woods Studios in 1971.[3] The animation was carried out at Kratky Film Prague, with the narration by Dr John Akar and "African music recreated" by Dr Vaclav Kubica using African instruments loaned from the Náprstek Museum Prague.[4]


  1. ^ Box Inventory Archived August 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, GAIL E. HALEY PAPERS at de Grummond Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University Libraries, University of Southern Mississippi
  2. ^ American Library Association: Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present. URL accessed 27 May 2009.
  3. ^ See the Scholastic Corporation web page on the film
  4. ^ From the credits to the film on YouTube
Preceded by
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
One Fine Day