School Library Journal (11/01/2006):
K-Gr 4From the Dan people of northeastern Liberia comes this traditional tale of lazy Spider (a character akin to Anansi), who refuses to help his neighbors clear the land for the village farm, plant seeds, or pull weeds. Later on, when Spider decides to pick some ripe vegetables to eat with his rice, the tomatoes, cucumbers, and pumpkins turn him away. (Why do you think you can pick me when you didnt come to clear the land or plant my seeds or pull the weeds? Get out of here! the tomato says.) Paschkiss brightly colored folk-art illustrations, similar to those in "Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia" (Holt, 2002), show the villagers to be an elephant, a hen, a crocodile, a leopard, a monkey, a snake, and a butterfly. Some of these animals are shown hiding among the talking vegetables, whose unfriendly faces convince Spider to run home and eat his rice plain. Read aloud, this simple but solid moralistic tale will delight youngsters and make them want to participate in the telling."Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH" Copyright 2006 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Hornbook Guide to Children (01/01/2007):
In this Anansi story (which previously appeared in the retellers' [cf2]Why Leopard Has Spots[cf1]), Spider refuses to help his neighbors with the work on their communal farm. Later, when he tries to help himself to the ripened crops, the vegetables won't allow it: "You didn't help make the farm. Go away!" This retelling ends anticlimactically, but Paschkis's folk-art-like gouache illustrations are dynamic. (Copyright 2007 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)
Won-Ldy Paye is a storyteller from the Dan people of northeastern Liberia. He now lives in Hartford, Connecticut.
Margaret H. Lippert is a teacher and storyteller who lives on Mercer Island, Washington.
Julie Paschkis has illustrated many books for young readers. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
After Spider refuses to help the villagers plant the vegetables, he is in for a surprise when he goes to pick some for himself.
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School Library Journal 11/01/2006 pg. 122 (EAN 9780805077421, Hardcover)
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