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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

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by Janet Stevens (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel (Retold by)

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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.


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.

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School Library Journal
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

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.20(d)
380L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Stevens received her B.F.A. from the University of Colorado. She has illustrated and adapted The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, and several Hans Christian Andersen tales. She has also illustrated The Big Bunny and the Easter Eggs and other popular books. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two children.

Eric A. Kimmel is Professor of Education at Portland State University and a past president of the Oregon Reading Association. The author of a number of picture books, he is a regular contributor to the children's magazine Cricket, as well as a storyteller. For years he has told Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock to enthusiastic audiences.

Originally a West African tale, the moss-covered rock story is familiar in Caribbearn culture, where Anansi is a beloved folklore character. Sometimes, he assumes the form of a man; other times, he is depicted as a spider.

Dr. Kimmel and his wife live in Portland, Oreland.

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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
*Vibrant, attractive color illustrations will draw in readers. *Engaging and entertaining characters. *Fascinating storyline. *A good choice for read-aloud time or picture book time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read to elementary children. With Little Bush Deer hiding in the brush, Anansi plays trick after trick on his friends. Little Bush Deer teaches him a valuable life lesson. Children love the humor in the story and going back to the front of the book to find the hidden deer on each page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I have two children, 5 & 3 who pick this book night after night. The illustrations are wonderful. The moral is clear. It is such a fun book to read.