How Anansi Learnt to Weave
Learnt to Weave 1
Publication Information

The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series




Rafiki Remembers


1995 – 1997



Story Guide

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You've seen the spiders making their webs and catching little insects in them, haven't you? But, lion cubs, I wonder if you have ever thought about how the spiders learnt their skills. I can tell you.

How Anansi Learnt to Weave is a story from the Rafiki Remembers magazine collection. It was published in the 1990s as part of The Lion King: A Nature Fun and Learn Series.


During a hunt, Anansi the spider falls asleep at the foot of a tree. He awakes to find a beautiful piece of cloth next to him, which he takes home and sells at a good price. The next day, he returns to the foot of the tree to see if he can spot the weaver of the cloth, but no one is there. Once again, Anansi falls asleep and awakes to find a beautiful piece of cloth next to him, this one even more beautiful than the last.

Anansi continues to visit the spot, hoping to catch sight of the weaver, until one day, he hears singing. He follows the voice to where a little man swings before a loom that is suspended between two trees and watches him for a time. Soon after, Anansi returns to the tree and falls asleep. Upon awakening, he finds another beautiful piece of cloth next to him.

The spider is so enthralled by the cloth that he resolves to weave some himself. The next day, he listens intently to the little man, who sings to weave and halts his work with a magic word. Once the man departs, Anansi climbs onto the loom and begins to weave using the little man's song. Though at first unsure of himself, Anansi eventually picks up the little man's talent and begins to swing wildly from the loom, weaving his own silken thread. His antics become so wild that he swings far over the waters, away from Africa, where his descendants still weave to this day.