The Beautiful Cloth - Rosina A. Amppah

A fairly interesting collection of "Ananse stories" (as they call all folktales in Ghana, whether they star the spider or not). Sadly, the author isn't as skilled a storyteller/writer as many others, and her tales can drag. But what's particularly striking is the eclectic nature of what's included here, all manner of genres. The author uses them for teaching in her sunday school and she's pulled in any material she thinks appropriate, including at least one that she must have gotten from a sunday-school instruction book, and also a retelling, in a Ghana setting, of the story of Pandora. It's a fine example of the living nature of the tradition: why shouldn't any story told by someone from Ghana, whatever the ultimate source, be an Ananse story?