About the Book
When the Asante people of Ghana came to the New World as slaves, they brought with them the rich, oral tradition of their home culture. Somewhere in their misery, Kwaku Ananse, the mischievous and cunning spider who, with his friends, personified so many human traits survived, and helped them keep their spirits up.
Anansi's extreme cleverness, his ability to be both hero and antihero at once, appeal especially to second graders. His stories have fable characteristics, and in most Jamaican versions, his tales will end in a proverb or saying.
The little play reflects the lightheartedness of Anansi in five of his many adventures. They can be used as one, or separated, depending on class size.
Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Arne Kaiser soon moved to Norway. It was from his 10th year, after moving to the city of Bergen, that he attended a Waldorf school, in what he describes as an excellent experience. Eighteen years old he moved back to the Netherlands, where he met his future wife. After several career paths, he earned his B.A. in Waldorf Education. He taught at the Geert Groote School in Amsterdam, a Waldorf school, for a number of years, until he and his wife -also a Waldorf teacher- moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, in 2002, where they taught at Pine Forest School, a Waldorf-inspired charter school. For most of these years he was happily teaching the older elementary school students, until a need in the school in 2010 had him take a 1st grade. In 2015 they moved to Maui, Hawai'i, to teach at the Haleakala Waldorf School. It has been a joyous journey, that has expanded him personally and professionally. After 20+ years teaching, he still loves his profession!