How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have? and Other Tales

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Scholastic, 1989 - Tales - 72 pages
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A collection of twelve ancient tales that touch on feelings common to people of every culture. Children will find out why the sun and moon live in the sky and why monkeys live in trees. But, no one ever finds out how many spots the leopard has. Illustrated.

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Review: How Many Spots Does A Leopard Have? And Other Tales

User Review  - Benjamin Zapata - Goodreads

A beautiful illustrated collection of twelve folk tales, ten African and two Jewish told by award-winning author Julius Lester and with richly detailed full-color paintings by David Shannon. Read full review

Review: How Many Spots Does A Leopard Have? And Other Tales

User Review  - Nichole Hurst - Goodreads

Collection of African and Jewish folktalkes for children. Lester, as a Jewish African American, makes the decision to omit parts of the folktale that are specific to the African or Jewish culture, and ... Read full review

About the author (1989)

Writer, professor, and photographer Julius Lester was born in St. Louis, Missouri on January 27, 1939. He received a B.A. in English from Fisk University in 1960. Lester's photographs from the civil rights movement era have been exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution and are part of Howard University's permanent collection. In addition to having hosted radio and television talk shows in New York City, Lester has also recorded two albums. Lester has published 25 children's books, as well as numerous works of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for adults. Translated into eight languages, his books have won the Newbery Honor Medal, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Many of his titles have also been on the New York Times Outstanding Book list and the American Library Association's Notable Book list. Lester has written hundreds of reviews and essays for publications including The New York Times Book Review, The Boston Globe, The Village Voice, The New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. After teaching for two years at the New School for Social Research in New York, Lester joined the faculty of the University of Massachusetts in 1971. He is an award-winning professor in the Judaic and Near Eastern Studies Department and an adjunct professor of History. He has given lectures at over 100 colleges and universities. Lester has five children and lives with his wife and cat in a small Western Massachusetts town.

David Shannon was born October 5, 1960, Washington, D.C. He is an American author and illustrator. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design and now lives in Los Angeles. In 1998 he won the Caldecott Honor for his No, David!. He also wrote A Bad Case of Stripes, How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, and The Amazing Christmas Extravaganza. He has also illustrated Audrey Wood's The Bunyans, various books by Jane Yolen including The Ballad of the Pirate Queens and Encounter, as well as Melinda Long's How I Became a Pirate and Pirates Don't Change Diapers. Shannon currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

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