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Anancie and the Drum of Common Sense

Anancie and the Drum of Common Sense

told by Tuup

Anancie learns a lesson in common sense – the hard way!

Buy in the App Store  £1.99

Story background

This is a traditional West African story, mainly told by Ashanti or Yoruba people.   Anancie is half man, half spider and is a combination of trickster and hero.  He is usually quite a selfish character, so in the beginning of this story, it appears he has changed.  Encouraging children to share their pearls of common-sense and collecting them in his drum, he listens to everyone’s point of view, but we soon learn that he is going to hide them and not share this wisdom.

About Tuup

Tuup has travelled the world extensively, telling stories all over Europe and many parts of Africa. He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed ‘Crick Crack Club’.

For more information or to contact Tuup, please email gdtuup@yahoo.co.uk or call 07890 098 002

General information

The opportunity to enjoy stories and play with language is essential for young children. We recommend you watch and re-watch the story. The repetition will help deepen your child’s understanding of the vocabulary, structure, emotional content and drama of the story.

And have fun playing the games in the app!  They will help your child begin to have confidence in mimicking and re-telling parts or all of a story in their own creative way. Teachers designed all of the games with some key points in mind -

  • to help children understand the structure of the story
  • to help them listen carefully to short, detailed parts of the story
  • to repeat and record themselves
  • to share their recorded version of the story

It has been known for a long time that successful reading and writing depend on the child being able to speak and listen well first – this app offers the perfect opportunity to practice both!  Independent research shows that our stories, told and filmed in this way, help build images in your child’s mind directly from the spoken word. This inner world will later become the ‘reading voice’ and the building blocks for creative writing.

So listening to and playing with stories in this way is like having the most enjoyable imagination training possible!  And it has been proven that a child’s knowledge of story was the key indicator in their academic success.

Enjoy the stories together and instill in them a love of language and diverse cultural appreciation that will last a lifetime.