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Anansi Goes Fishing (1ST ed.)
Contributor(s):Kimmel, Eric A (Author) , Stevens, Janet (Illustrator)
 

ISBN: 082340918X   EAN: 9780823409181
Publisher: Holiday House
US SRP: $ 17.95 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 03/01/1992
Annotation: Anansi the spider plans to trick Turtle into catching a fish for his dinner, but Turtle proves to be smarter and ends up with a free meal. Explains the origin of spider webs.

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Additional Information
OCLC Number: OCLC#23768017
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Country & Ethnic - General
LC Subjects:
-Spiders -Anansi (Legendary character)
-Folklore -Africa
INGRAM Categories:
- Cultural Region | African Studies
Dewey: 398.2452544
LC Call Number: PZ8.1.K567
LCCN: 91017813
Features: Illustrated, Ikids
Target Age Group: 05 to 08
Physical Info: 0.5" H x 9.82" L x 10.26" W (1.02 lbs) 1 pages

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Hornbook Guide to Children (01/01/1992):
A well-paced, fluid retelling of an Anansi tale. The inclusion of contemporary details in the illustrations -- a technique that often detracts from folklore -- will, in this case, add to young readers' enjoyment of the story. (Copyright 1992 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

School Library Journal (05/01/1992):
K-Gr 2-- In a companion volume to Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock (Holiday, 1990), Kimmel and Stevens team up again to extend the humor of a trickster tale from Africa. Anansi joins Turtle on a fishing excursion, intending to con him out of all the fish. Anansi's stubborn selfishness proves to be his undoing day after day until, at last, he realizes the folly of his ways because he has been tricked into doing all the work and is still hungry. Kimmel has adapted Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's sparer version found in The Adventures of Spider, (Little, 1964; o.p.) transforming the fisherman into a turtle and judiciously exercising his storyteller's prerogative to add humorous details and lively dialogue that follows a repetitive pattern. Although the ending has been changed substantially from the original source, it is nonetheless satisfying and suits this variation of the tale. Stevens's watercolor illustrations feature bright colors and bold black outlines and range from broad humor to subtle slyness. She, too, has taken liberties in her interpretation by affording Turtle human trappings and consistently portraying Anansi as an unadorned spider. Together, the text and art combine in a fresh new version that is a fine choice for oral presentation or for independent reading. --Starr LaTronica, North Berkeley Library, CA

Booklist (03/15/1992):
Ages 5-8. In this companion volume to "Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock", Anansi decides to trick Turtle into catching a fish for him. But Turtle has his own plans: "One of us can work while the other gets tired." Anansi doesn't want to get tired, so he weaves a net, sets it in the river, and catches and cooks the fish. When the fish is ready, Turtle tells Anansi: "One of us should eat while the other gets full." Of course, Anansi wants to get full, so Turtle eats the whole fish. Anansi takes his case to the Justice Tree, but because of his reputation for laziness, he gets no satisfaction. He never understands Turtle's deception; however, he does share his newly acquired weaving skills with his friends, and today spiders everywhere weave webs. Children able to comprehend the wordplay will be delighted when the lazy but lovable trickster figure is outwitted by the clever turtle, and Stevens' colorful, comical illustrations are perfect for this contemporary rendition of the tale. ((Reviewed Mar. 15, 1992))(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 1992, American Library Association.)

Publisher Marketing:
One fine afternoon, Anansi the Spider sees his friend Turtle walking along the river carrying a large fish. "Where did you get that fish?" he asks. Turtle replies, " I caught it today when I went fishing." Anansi likes to eat fish, but he is much too lazy to catch them for himself. He decides to trick Turtle into catching a fish for him instead.

Publisher Marketing:
Anansi the Spider tries to trick Turtle into fishing for his dinner.

Review Citations:
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/1993 pg. 15 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 01/01/1996 pg. 111 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • Booklist 03/15/1992 pg. 1383 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • School Library Journal 05/01/1992 pg. 106 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2001 pg. 108 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/1992 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2006 pg. 133 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2010 pg. 179 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 01/01/1996 pg. 111 (EAN 9780823410224, Paperback)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2001 pg. 108 (EAN 9780823410224, Paperback)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2006 pg. 133 (EAN 9780823410224, Paperback)
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 01/01/2010 pg. 179 (EAN 9780823410224, 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.


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