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Who's Got Game?: The Ant or the Grasshopper?, The Lion or the Mouse?, Poppy or the Snake?
     

Who's Got Game?: The Ant or the Grasshopper?, The Lion or the Mouse?, Poppy or the Snake?

by Toni Morrison, Slade Morrison, Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)
 

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Generation after generation, classic fables, folklore, and myth remain popular because they quicken the imagination of listeners of all ages.

We, the creators of Who's Got Game?, were inspired by the wonder of Aaesop's fables -- their vitality, their endless demand for new interpretations. In our versions the original stories are opened up and

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Generation after generation, classic fables, folklore, and myth remain popular because they quicken the imagination of listeners of all ages.

We, the creators of Who's Got Game?, were inspired by the wonder of Aaesop's fables -- their vitality, their endless demand for new interpretations. In our versions the original stories are opened up and their moralistic endings re-imagined: the victim might not lose; the timid get a chance to become strong; the fool can gain insight; the powerful may lose their grip. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. More than a play on these beloved fables, Who's Got Game? is AESOP LIVE!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Renowned novelist Morrison delivers her hip-hop�inspired interpretations of three of Aesop's fables (previously published as picture books, co-created with her son) in a gentle, melodious style. In "Who's Got Game?: The Grasshopper or the Ant?," Kid A, the ant, and Foxy G, his grasshopper pal, don't see eye-to-eye on their work ethic. But Grasshopper's artistic dreams may have listeners pondering what it means to give and take. Lion and Mouse experience a bit of role reversal when the smaller creature removes a thorn from the king of the jungle's paw in "Who's Got Game? Lion or the Mouse?," and snakes will be snakes in "Who's Got Game? Poppy or the Snake?" When a grandfather affectionately known as Poppy runs over a snake, the slithering creature craftily guilts the man into making amends. But when the snake eventually bites the hand that helps him, Poppy is prepared. Listeners of all ages will savor these familiar stories with a fun twist, especially as performed here with easygoing panache. Ages 6-up. (Jan.)

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Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Several previously published titles make a comeback. The paper-over-board Who's Got Game?: Three Fables by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison, illus. by Pascal Lemaitre, collects The Ant or the Grasshopper?; The Lion or the Mouse?; and Poppy or the Snake? first published in 2003 and gathered together for the first time. In a starred review of Ant, PW wrote, "Aesop's freewheeling Grasshopper and industrious Ant become `Foxy G and his ace Kid A' in this witty, hip-hop-inspired update." Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743283915
Publisher:
Scribner
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Series:
Who's Got Game? Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize-winning American author, editor, and professor. Her contributions to the modern canon are numerous. Some of her acclaimed titles include: The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, and Beloved, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature 1993.

Slade Morrison was born in Ohio and educated in New York City. He studied art at SUNY Purchase and maintains a studio in Rockland County where he lives. He has collaborated with his mother on three previous books for children.

Pascal Lemaitre illustrated Toni and Slade Morrison's bestselling Who's Got Game?: Three Fables, as well as many other books for children. He and his family divide their time between Brussels, Belgium, where he teaches illustration, and Brooklyn, New York. Visit him online at PascalLemaitre.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Princeton, New Jersey, and Manhattan
Date of Birth:
February 18, 1931
Place of Birth:
Lorain, Ohio
Education:
Howard University, B.A. in English, 1953; Cornell, M.A., 1955

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