Anansi and the Talking Melon

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Holiday House, 1994 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Tricky Anansi the Spider plays a joke on Elephant and the other animals after Anansi gets stuck inside one of Elephant's melons, convincing everyone that Elephant has actually grown a talking melon.

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Great illustrations. - Goodreads
The illustrations here are great - just perfect. - Goodreads
Loved the illustrations too. - Goodreads
This book's greatest strength is its illustrations. - Goodreads
The illustrations are marvelous. - Goodreads
The illustrations are also really funny and attractive. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

My two and five year old love all the Anansi stories we've read, especially the ones from this team. The pictures are vibrant and fun, and the words are clever and fun. I'm less of a fan of this one since the whole plot is about calling people names. Read full review

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User Review  - Heidisbookopoly - Goodreads

This West African Folklore is one of many stories about Anansi the Spider. Anansi is a bit of a trickster and is always playing pranks on other animals. This book has gorgeous illustrations and is ... Read full review


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About the author (1994)

Eric Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Lafayette College. He also has a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Illinois. He was an elementary school teacher and college professor before becoming a full-time writer. He has published over fifty titles, many of which have won state and national awards. His titles "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins" won the Caldecott Honor Medal, "The Chanukkah Guest" and "Gershon's Monster" won the Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award and "Anansi and the Talking Melon" won the Utah Children's Choice Award. Kimmel travels nationally and internationally visiting schools and talking about his books and telling stories.

Janet Stevens has written and/or illustrated many popular books, including Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale. She lives with her husband, Ted, and their two children, Lindsey and Blake, in Boulder, Colorado.

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