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 tricks all the animals, until he's taught a lesson.
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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
Eric A. Kimmel, the author of more than thirty-five award-winning books for children, is professor emeritus of education at Portland State University in Oregon. He spends several months each year traveling throughout the United States, sharing his books and stories with audiences of children and adults. Mr. Kimmel and his wife make their home in Portland, Oregon.
Contributor Bio: Stevens, Janet
JANET STEVENS is the author and illustrator of many popular and award-winning books for children, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tops & Bottoms, the Texas Bluebonnet winner Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!, and the Texas Bluebonnet nominee And The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon. She also illustrated To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda, an ABBY Honor Book. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.