School Library Journal (11/01/1988):
Gr 1-4 Anansi the Spider happens upon an unusual stone that magically puts him to sleep for an hour. The master trickster decides to use the rock to get the food stores from the rest of the local residents. Each animal is taken in turn to the strange moss-covered rock, says the magic phrase, and promptly falls asleep to have its food pilfered by Anansi. All the while, however, Little Bush Deer silently watches. Ultimately, it is small and shy Deer who outwits Anansi and returns the food to its rightful owners. Although no specific source is given, Kimmel has retold a West African tale (said to be known in Caribbean culture). The text is rhythmic, nicely building suspense to the inevitable conclusion. Stevens' complementary, colorful illustrations add detail, humor, and movement to the text. Here, Anansi is portrayed as a large eight-legged arachnid; his expression is in his motion. The other animals are almost realistic, although with facial expressions that are characteristic of the artist's work. This new picture book Anansi tale will be welcomed by all trickster fans. Maria B. Salvadore, District of Columbia Public Library
Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.;004-008;Ingram.
Anansi the Spider tricks all the animals, until he's taught a lesson.
Booklist 11/15/1993 pg. 631 (EAN 9780823406890, Hardcover)
School Library Journal 11/01/1988 (EAN 9780823406890, Hardcover)
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Booklist 11/15/1993 pg. 631 (EAN 9780823407989, Paperback)
Contributor Bio: Kimmel, Eric A
Award-winning author Eric A. Kimmel is a native of New York who taught teachers as a professor of Education at Indiana University at South Bend and Portland State University. His favorite classes were children s literature, language arts, storytelling, and handwriting. He left the university in 1993 to become a full-time writer, a dream he had had since kindergarten. Eric has written more than fifty books and has won numerous awards, including the Caldecott Honor Medal. He and his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon.
Contributor Bio: Stevens, Janet
Janet Stevens is the author and illustrator of many beloved picture books, including "Tops & Bottoms, " a Caldecott Honor Book. With her sister and co-author, Susan Stevens Crummel, she created the acclaimed best-sellers "The Great Fuzz Frenzy, " "Help Me, Mr. Mutt!, The Little Red Pen" and more. She is also the illustrator of the Epossumondas books, written by renowned storyteller Coleen Salley.Janet Stevenslives in Colorado. For more information, visit www.janetstevens.com.