Anansi Goes Fishingby Janet Stevens
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.
Meet the Author
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.
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.
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