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
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.)
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.
Anansi the Spider tries to trick Turtle into fishing for his dinner.
Booklist 03/15/1992 pg. 1383 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
School Library Journal 05/01/1992 pg. 106 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/1992 (EAN 9780823409181, Hardcover)
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Contributor Bio: Stevens, Janet
Janet Stevens received her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado. Widely admired for her dipictions of animals, she has illustrated more than 20 Children's books. Among them are Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock and Nanny goat and the Seven Little Kids, both retold by Dr. Kimmel, and Androcles and the Lion the The Tortoise and the Hare, which Janet adapted as well as illustrated. Ms. Stevens lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two children.
Contributor Bio: Kimmel, Eric A
Eric A. Kimmel has written, retold, or adapted a number of stories from around the world, including Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, a Caldecott Honor Book. He also retold Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, which reviewers described as "a fine choice as a read-aloud" (booklist) and to be "welcomed by all trickster fans" (School Library Journal). When asked about the origins of Anansi Goes Fishing, Dr. Kimmel replied, "It's a variation of a tale found in Joyce Cooper Arkhurst's The Advestures of Spider. The Anansi tales are originally from West Africa but are also familiar in Caribbean culture. Sometimes, Anansi assumes the form of a man; other times, he is depicted as a spider." Professor of Education at Portland State University, Dr. Kimmel is a frequent lecturer and storyteller at schools and conferences. He an his wife, Doris, live in Portland, Oregon.