Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823407989
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 01/01/1988
Series: Anansi the Trickster Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 111,752
Product dimensions: 9.72(w) x 9.46(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 470L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Eric A. Kimmel, having loved traditional stories since he was a child, has written, retold, and adapted folktales and legends from around the world. Along with Anansi and the Talking Melon, Kimmel has written four other Anansi titles, including Anansi’s Party Time, which was awarded Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Book of the Year in 2008. Dr. Kimmel lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Doris.
Janet Stevens has written and illustrated popular books for over 30 years. Some of her titles include Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale and Tops & Bottoms. Her books include New York Times Bestsellers, Time Magazine Best Books of the Year, ALA Notable books, and a Caldecott Honor. She is most proud of her numerous state book awards that were voted on by young readers. She has two children and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
kidlit9 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
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.
ElenaEstrada on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, retold by Eric A. Kimmel is an African folklore tale of a spider who is a trickster. Anansi discovers a magical moss-covered rock in the forest and uses it to trick the Lion, Elephant, Giraffe, and Zebra. Quickly Anansi is able to steal a multitude of food from these animals without hardly any effort in his part. He is an opportunist who finds clever ways of taking other¿s resources and gaining a fortune for himself. Anansi is discovered by a timid little bush deer who in the end tricks Anansi out of all his ill-gained profit and returns the food to its proper owner. The story is clever as the trickster gets tricked, and justice is served in the land. The timid bush deer becomes the hero of the story as all the other animals are indebted to him. The moral of the story is that, ¿You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can¿t fool them all.¿ This picture book is beautifully illustrated and entertaining for all audiences.Ages 3 and up
conuly on LibraryThing 8 months ago
So, the crux of this book is in the absurd premise that SOMEWHERE in the forest there is a strange-looking moss covered rock that knocks you unconscious for an hour if, upon seeing it, you go "Isn't this a strange, moss-covered rock?"Of course, if you can accept the existence of talking spiders and various African animals that live in houses and sit on chairs, you can accept this too. And you should, because the story of how Anansi got outwitted, hoisted on his own petard? Well! That's worth dropping in a dead faint for an hour over!
perihan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Anansi the Spider finds a strange moss-covered rock in the forest. He tricks all the other animals with the stick and steals all their fruit. Little Bush Deer decides to teach Anansi a lesson by tricking him with his own trick and gets all the fruit back for the animals.
renee.sutter on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Anansi the spider is out walking one day when he comes across a moss-covered rock. Anansi discovers the rock has special powers and uses them to get food that he wants from his animal friends. In the end he is tricked by the deer and all the food he stole is returned. I loved this book and can¿t wait to read it to my kinders tomorrow. I think it would be a good book to discuss what is a trickster? How would they use the rocks magic powers.
arielaver on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love trickster tales, and Eric Kimmel does a great job of retelling stories of Anansi. I also love Anansi that the Talking Melon. The illustrations are bright and dynamic, and the rhythm of the text is funny and almost musical.
jodynavarre on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love this story of Anansi, the tricky spider, who finds a "strange moss covered rock" in the forest. If anyone says the magic words, they will be knocked out for about an hour. Anansi uses the rock to knock out his animal friends and steal their food. But another animal knows the trick and turns the tables on Anansi. The story is funny and just the right length for Kindergartners. My students always get a kick out of this one!
brikayama on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Very nice story with a good life lesson. I had never read about Anansi before, but I will make sure I read more of his stories. I fell in love with the cultural representation in the illustrations, in particular the animals. The scenery and exotic fruit add a special touch to this story.
allawishus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is another trickster tale about Anansi the spider; in this one he tricks his friends into looking at a moss-covered rock and saying magic words which then causes them to pass out for an hour. When they pass out, Anansi steals their food - Anansi is a jerk, heh heh.This would be a great read aloud - lots of opportunity for different voices, sound effects, etc. It's not too long and the illustrations are very visually engaging. Also, Anansi gets his comeuppance and that's always nice!
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.
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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.