A Story a Story

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A Story a Story
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Author Gail E. Haley
Illustrator Gail E. Haley
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Atheneum
Publication date
ISBN 0-689-71201-4
OCLC 16353859
398.2/096 E 19
LC Class PZ8.1.H139 St 1988

A Story a Story is a book written and illustrated by Gail E. Haley that retells the African tale of how, when there were no stories in the world for children to hear, the trickster Anansi obtained them from the Sky God. 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, 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